ABC’s Jon Karl: The Press Isn’t the Enemy, It’s Part of What Makes America Great
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 19, 2017
ABC’s Jon Karl, filling in for George Stephanopoulos on This Week today, ended the program this morning with a few thoughts on President Trump‘s tweet calling the media the “enemy.”
He first provided important context by saying there’s “nothing new” about presidents attacking the press, recalling what Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt said about reporters while they were in office.
As for Trump himself, Karl said that many years ago, the New York mogul was “nothing but media-friendly” and during the campaign “he was the most accessible major candidate.”
But he ended with this serious note about the president’s media criticisms:
“We are not about to stop doing our jobs because yet another president is unhappy with what he reads or hears or sees on TV news. There is a reason the founders put freedom of the press in the very first amendment to the Constitution. As long as American democracy remains healthy, there will be reporters willing to pursue the truth, even if it means incurring the wrath of the most powerful person in the world. A free press isn’t the enemy of America; it’s a big part of what makes America great.”
Watch above, via ABC.
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