A CNN op-ed by Notre Dame Professor Joseph Holt that appeared to compare the Press to the US military started a firestorm. Comparing the Press to the military who give their lives for our freedoms was a huge mistake.
“Far from being the enemy of the people, the press at its best is like a guardian angel that caringly and capably protects us from harm…We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should. But we should also thank the media for the same reason — especially when the stakes have never been higher.” Joseph Holt
Catch the nastiness in “the stakes have never been higher?” It’s that attitude that led to President Trump’s election. And the press is not currently “at its best.”
The article was entitled: “The Press isn’t the Enemy, it’s the Protector.” It was aimed directly at Trump’s statement that the press is the “enemy of the people.” The issue boils down to the fact that a “free press” actually IS essential for a free people (our 1st Amendment). But in the current nasty political climate, media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, etc, seem to deliberately make things up to fit their extremely antagonistic view of President Trump.
Holt defended CNN’s temper tantrum king Jim Acosta and his snit over Press Sec Sanders’ refusal to answer a question. He also defended Kaitlin Collins whom the White House staff banned from a White House Event recently.
“At the conclusion of a press event in the Oval Office, a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so…Subsequently, our staff informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event, but made clear that any other journalist from her network could attend.” Sarah Sanders
It wasn’t just her “inappropriate questions,” it was that she refused to leave when asked. CNN’s Acosta always asks “inappropriate questions.” A level of respectful behavior is expected of reporters, but CNN especially has a habit of being obnoxious.
It’s the fake news and belligerence that has made them the enemy, not the idea of a free press.
Holt tweeted the link to his article and people did not seem to appreciate it. Here is his original tweet:
Some thoughts on the press as the guardian angel of the people rather than the enemy, with due respect and appreciation especially to @kaitlancollins and @Acosta The press isn’t the enemy, it’s the protector @CNN https://t.co/EIEL1c0an7
— Joseph Holt (@busethicsdude) August 3, 2018
And some of the responses:
With all due respect go fuck yourself ! Journalists compared to soldiers is a joke everyone saw these liberal media member sleep at the wheel the last 8 years under obam we know the deal u hack
— Drew (@miba198083) August 7, 2018
Professor Holt, you are the one that lacks any class, comparing hyper-partisan elitists to the brave men and women who RISK THIER LIVES, is comical and lacks even the slightest bit of decorum and decency.
— Ralph Hinkley (@hoosierdelt) August 7, 2018
The Daily Caller captured others:
— Christopher J. Scalia (@cjscalia) August 7, 2018
why did I read this in Acosta’s voice
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) August 7, 2018
— Elliott Hamilton (@ElliottRHams) August 7, 2018
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) August 7, 2018