We must all support media that is willing to question President-elect Donald Trump. With his election, “he said, he said” journalism is no longer useful. The President-elect persistently denies reality on a level this country has never seen, and we risk losing our own grasp on reality if our media outlets simply report what he says and does.
David Folenflick of NPR wrote, “His administration will require an unusually robust, muscular form of accountability reporting – tethered to fact and fairness, independent of political pressure.”
We must support the media that has already shown a willingness to hold the president-elect accountable, such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal. We must demand more responsible journalism from the members of the media who fail to do their due diligence.
And we must help reporters exercise their First Amendment rights by subscribing to newspapers. In an era dominated by clicks, we must prove that substance and accountability matter.