Voices: These journalists are no enemies of the people

Published February 19, 2017

An article in USA Today about President Trump’s distain for reporters and the strong language he uses to denounce members of the media interviews David Schmid, associate professor of English. “It’s not unusual for American presidents to have hostile relationships with the press. But it is unprecedented for the press to be described in such a chilling way by the president,” he said. “Trump’s comments echo the sentiments of some of history’s worst dictators, who hated the very idea of a free press. For this reason, this description is very, very troubling.” The article appeared in news outlets around the nation, including the Indianapolis Star, Cincinnati Enquirer, El Paso Times, Detroit Free Press and Arizona Republic.

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