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Defending the Free Press ; by Charles M. Blow

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' There is no way to have a functioning democracy without a thriving press. The founders of this country knew that. One of the great missions of the press is to hold power accountable by revealing what those in power would rather hide. Corruption depends on concealment. Accountability hinges on disclosure.

 Donald Trump knows that and that he is purposely attempting to prune that function. A free and fearless press is the greatest ally to a free and prosperous people. And, the kind of dogged, unrelenting pressure that reporting requires demands a professional press.To Trump, the press is a tool and a weapon, to be used and deployed in the promotion of brand, and therefore the acquisition of money and power.... we will cease to be truly free if ever the day comes when the free press is cowed.'

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" perhaps more ominously, an August Ipsos poll found that a plurality of Republicans, 43 percent, agree that "the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior."

The weaker the media, the strong the demagogue. The road to authoritarianism winds its way through darkness.

And, Trump's tactic here is to both overwhelm and degrade. He wants to so blur the line between truth and lies that he's exhausted our stamina for discernment.

To Trump, the press is a tool and a weapon, to be used and deployed in the promotion of brand, and therefore the acquisition of money and power.

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"Trump genuinely believes in the concept of "fake news" because he was a dealer of fake news. There is a part of him who believes that some anonymous sources don't exist, because he was a source, pretending to be someone else, so he as a source didn't really exist.

He uses that general suspicion and mistrust to cast doubts on legitimate news he knows to be true."


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