Much of harm done to press is its own doing

Posted 8/31/18

I have read with interest the recent commentaries in The Sumter Item defending the press and news media in general from the president. Titiana Diaz, who I think is probably the least experienced, had …

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Much of harm done to press is its own doing

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I have read with interest the recent commentaries in The Sumter Item defending the press and news media in general from the president. Titiana Diaz, who I think is probably the least experienced, had the best words of all when she said basically that journalists should simply do their jobs by telling the truth, as they should do, no matter who the president is. She then sadly caused me to doubt if she knew what the truth is by calling CNN and the New York Times credible. I think a healthy skepticism of all of media is required today.

I believe the advocates from the Press Association could have been much more persuasive if they had at least acknowledged the hysterical bias, distortion and lies against conservatives and especially the president by many in the media. I see no threat to freedom of the press. I see the press calling for restriction on freedom of speech on our duly elected president. Seems the media and academia want to restrict all conservatives. I acknowledge that the president is a different person, as well flamboyant and inaccurate at times, but I don't think he has ever said, or intended to say, the press in general is an enemy of the people.

In my opinion, those in the press and media in general showed arrogance and weakness when they felt they had to organize against one man on Aug. 16 and act as if they do not deserve criticism just as much as the president. I believe the leftist mania in the media grows as they realize they have not been and continue not to be successful in electing their Democrat party partners. The real enemy of the free press is themselves or at least the many biased among them and the silent members who refuse to acknowledge their own problems.

I for one am thankful for my community newspaper, and as William Q. Brunson said, I too look forward to our editor's commentary on this. Hopefully he will acknowledge that much of the harm done to the press is their own doing.

CARL J. CROFT

Sumter