Standing for Press Freedom

Freedom of the Press is built into the Constitution of the United State of America, existing in the very first amendment. Indeed, having access to information of what is happening around us and being educated on the issues is tantamount to the success of a democracy.

Today, in a press conference, a long time member of the press was excoriated by the President of the United States. As a member of the media, I print this merely to stand up for the right of the media to question our leaders and to help bring information about our government to the voters in our society.

Here in Pierce County, Washington, it is becoming increasingly difficult to learn about the intricacies of our government, how it is working and what  ordinances they are tampering with. The Pierce Prairie Post tries to bring that to you when we can.

We stand in support of the line of questioning Jim Acosta was making today, doing his job of getting the facts and delivering the story to his readers. For doing his job, his credentials were pulled and he was banned from the White House, because the President took exception to the question being asked. That wasn’t be the first President to be uncomfortable with press questioning and it will not be the last.

“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight.” quoted from the movie, the American President.

Mr. President, if you can’t sell it without lying and getting in a fight with the people trying to tell your story, it isn’t the media that has the problem.


“Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it,”
Thomas Jefferson to the United States’ first chief justice, John Jay, in 1786.

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris M says:

    Thank you for continually keeping Pierce County residents with the rights and wrongs of our government officials. Your due diligence regarding the facts, is truly appreciated.

  2. Alean Ziegler says:

    I watched the press conference referred to in this post. The president was allowing one or two questions per reporter in a packed, standing-room-only press conference. The conference was over 90 minutes long, and even so left many reporters still want to ask questions. There were reporters from other nations in the room, too. Acosta asked his two questions, in a rude and inappropriate manner, which the President answered anyway. Then when the president tried to recognize one of the other dozens of reporters with raised hands in the room, Acosta refused to give up the microphone, when the young lady staffer who was moving the microphone from person to person, he rudely shoved her away and clutched the microphone to his chest and kept shouting, belligerently, at the president. Removing his press pass was completely appropriate. Since when is rude, belligerent, aggressive, completely disrespectful behavior toward the President of the United states and fellow reporters part of “freedom of the press”?

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