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Trump and the Rebirth of Press Freedom

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"Journalists should not fear being on the wrong side of power. On the contrary, that is exactly where they belong.the press has allowed multiple presidential administrations to spoon-feed it information. News organizations in the US have prioritized access to the corridors of power above all else, even when access is conditioned on avoiding uncomfortable questions or accepting evasive answers.When “access journalism” leads senior editorial decision-makers to identify with political elites, explaining the government’s thinking to the public becomes their primary purpose. With cuts to news budgets political coverage becomes a mere endless cycle of sound bites from politicians and their surrogates.Even the more meticulously factual media outlets have confined their coverage to a narrow range of topics that tend to confirm the political establishment’s self-serving narratives." 

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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