In a bold and professionally courageous move, Kyle Pope, Editor in Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, told Donald Trump that “reports over the last few days that your press secretary is considering pulling news media offices out of the White House are the latest in a pattern of behavior that has persisted throughout the campaign.”
Pope went on to explain the ways in which Trump has seemingly declared a war against the mainstream media, saying:
‘You’ve banned news organizations from covering you. You’ve taken to Twitter to taunt and threaten individual reporters and encouraged your supporters to do the same. You’ve advocated for looser libel laws and threatened numerous lawsuits of your own, none of which has materialized. You’ve avoided the press when you could and flouted the norms of pool reporting and regular press conferences. You’ve ridiculed a reporter who wrote something you didn’t like because he has a disability.’
Members of the the media are sick of the treatment they’ve received at the hands of Donald Trump and his staff, and they’re fighting back. Kyle Pope posted an open letter to Trump, Tuesday, and in doing so has likely set the tone for what will be Trump’s next Twitter-tantrum.
It’s time for people to stand-up to Trump’s bullying and although tactful, Kyle Pope held nothing back. Pope made it clear that Trump’s dictator tactics have no place in the free press. Pope firmly declared that “access is preferable, but not critical. We are very good at finding alternative ways to get information; indeed, some of the best reporting during the campaign came from news organizations that were banned from your rallies.”
Pope went on, explaining that the media will play an integral part of Trump’s presidency:
‘We decide how much airtime to give your spokespeople and surrogates. We will strive to get your point of view across, even if you seek to shut us out. We’re going to work together. You have tried to divide us and use reporters’ deep competitive streaks to cause family fights. Those days are ending.’
Also ending, it seems, are Trump’s days of having his way with the press, then playing victim. Media outlets that may have once been divided by competing priorities have been reminded that there is strength in numbers and that united they stand, but divided they fall. This means that the good that has come out of Trump’s tyrant tactics is that news outlets will work together better than ever before to ensure the American people receive honest reports of Trump’s presidency, even – when he doesn’t want things reported.
Kyle Pope’s full open letter can be found here.
What’s the best way to beat a bully? Stand up to the person. That’s just what people from media professionals to other politicians, are using their public platforms to do.
People are sick and tired of Donald Trump and his team’s “grab ’em by the p*ssies” approach to responding to legitimate inquiries about his lack of diplomacy, irrational social media use, mistreatment of the press, conflicts of interests, unethical cabinet picks, etc. The notion that a president-elect can openly brag about sexually assaulting women, then take that same disrespectful approach to seemingly everything he says and does, is a disgrace to the principles upon which this country was founded on.
https://youtu.be/l8U0IaMsRf4Trump may have gotten away with bragging about grabbing women’s vaginas, but America is fighting back by metaphorically grabbing him by his private parts.
Listen to Trump’s sexist comments below, via YouTube:
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