President Trump says that I, as a member of the media, I am your enemy. I am a fake news contributor. Why? Because other writers and I dare to write stories about his calamities.
If I am an enemy of the people for writing the truth, then Mr. Trump ‘s lies are the enemy of truth. In Mr. Trump’s world lies vanquish truth. However, Trump’s lies only vanquish the truth for short periods of time. When discovered, Trump’s lies are brought to the attention by the press because that is their job. For doing their job, Trump calls them the most dishonest people. If the press is dishonest for telling the truth, what do you label a person who lies, lies, lies? A lie is defined as a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth. The definition of lying sticks to Trump. It does not matter to Trump that the press is doing its job when it reports his inconsistencies.
It does not matter to Trump that the press is protected by the first amendment protected by the first amendment. Our founding fathers knew the importance of a free press in a free society. The First Amendment reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Mr. Trump, not known for having much of an intellect, does not understand that a free press has a public responsibility to report his faults. He does not understand that a free press can’t be controlled by the government. He does not understand that the press has an obligation to its community to report what it sees, hears and discovers.
As a reporter, I have a responsibility to tell my readers the truth when I am writing a story. The whole truth and nothing but the truth. My readers expect that of me and other reporters. We are the eyes, ears and sometimes the voice of the community. We do the public a vital service through honest reporting.
I know a lot of reporters who do the best they can when they write stories. They are committed to being accurate. They are committed to telling the public all they discover about the subject they are writing on.
In a recent speech in Florida, Trump told the audience that Sweden had been attacked b y terrorists over the weekend. The attack was news to the Swedes. Why? It never happened. The Swedish government and Swedish people were stunned. When the press reported the lie and the Swedish response, Mr. Trump said the press had not covered the attack. When he learned the attack had not occurred he back tracked. He then blamed the press for reporting what he said.
Trump’s most damaging lie is he claims that former President Obama twice wire tapped his office during the presidential campaign. Former President Obama denied these allegations. Now Trump is calling for the US Congress to investigate his wiretap charges. The president is making these ridiculous charges because he wants the press to stop writing about Trump and his staff’s meetings with Russians. Who is your enemy?
I know a lot of reporters who do the best they can when they write stories. They are committed to be accurate. They are committed to telling the public all they discover about the subject they are writing on. Mr. Trump should be so committed
I am not your enemy. The press is not your enemy.
Your enemy is Mr. Trump who lives in an isolated, fantasy world where his every word is gospel.
John M. Williams can be reached at jwilliams@atechnews,com.
Where Are We Going Mr. President?
By John M. Williams
It is easy to criticize President Trump. His daily inconsistencies are fodder for angry, scared citizens, pundits and comedians. Mr. Trump has been president for 20 days. In that time, he has issued an avalanche of executive orders that have drawn the ire of people worldwide. His attitude appears to be, “I am Donald Trump, Chairman of Trump Enterprises. I am also President of the United States, and I can do no wrong. Trust me.”
Through out his life, Trump has put himself first, first and first. He has never lost anything because in his mind losers are losers and he is always a winner. If Trump ever raced and came in dead last he would look around and not seeing anyone or anything he would consider himself the winner and he would brag about his victory over and over and over. And if he was told he had lost, he would strongly deny his loss because losers and losers. Trump is not a loser. So he believes.
Trump has been busy since he assumed the presidency on January 20, 2017. Believing that only God has more power than himself, Trump may be setting a record for issuing the most executive orders in a short time period. He has signed a number of executive actions, including executive orders and presidential memoranda, aimed both at fulfilling his campaign promises and at rolling back the policies of former President Barack Obama.
Since assuming the presidency Pesident Trump has alienated Mexico, Australia, England and other countries. He has ridiculed people with distinguished legal careers, such as U.S. District Court Judge James Robart and former acting attorney general Sally Yates who disagreed with Trump and was fired. He has reignited his war with the press. He calls the press, “the dishonest press.” He despises the press because they write about his lies and business practices. He’s blaming the press and the courts if the country is attacked while his executive order banning Muslims from seven Middle Eastern companies from entering the US is being reviewed by a 3 panel judge to determine its legality. He doesn’t seem to care how childish he is in dealing with people. His attitude is “It’s either my way or the highway.”
Questions have also been raised about his knowledge of history and his ability to govern. Questions should be raised and truthfully answered by the Trump administration on how he expected Mexico to pay for a wall it does not want. What evidence did he have that told him Mexico would pay for a wall? If we can’t get the correct answers, the questions must be repeated again and again until the correct answer is before us.
Trump should understand that even though he thinks he is a god, he is a man subject to the same laws as everyone. I would like him to answer these questions: Do you know where we going Mr. President? And how are we going to get there?