Journalists — true journalists, not celebrity opinion spouters — do not want to be in the headlines. Yet our President puts editors and reporters there on an almost daily basis with disparaging remarks about bias and “fake news.” This week, more than 100 papers large and small will respond to his comments in their editorial pages.
Never has the truth in journalism been more important to maintain and defend. Even as small-town journalists, undermining our role and our voice by allegations of fake news is a cowardly act. Following the example of Donald Trump, and many leaders from Washington, D.C., officials down the line are picking up the fake news torch and running with it.