Mr. President, Journalism Is Not A Crime

Mr. President, Journalism Is Not A Crime

"From CNN To Fox News, no journalist is the enemy." — Jim Acosta.

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President Donald Trump's public war with the media is more serious than many people seem to believe. The president is the face of our country, a position that holds the greatest amount of respect, honor and power. Journalists are the balance to that power and their mission is to be the voice of the people and hold officials accountable.

The president's strong dislike for certain news media has turned into a long string of attacks on networks, officials and specific journalists. Many of these attacks have taken place on Twitter and, increasingly, in person.

Here's where there is a problem.

Whether you are a fan of transparent or opinionated news, President Trump's narrative that any news media are the "enemy of the people" is just not valid.

Below are examples of the president's constant battle with the media.

Don Lemon of CNN and Lebron James

On August 3, 2018, the president took to Twitter to address his dislike for Don Lemon and an interview he did with Lebron James.

Cecilia Vega and ABC News

Cecilia Vega is another journalist who has been ridiculed for merely asking the president a question. Vega is a Senior White House Correspondent for ABC News.

Yamiche Alcindor and PBS NewsHour

The president as shown in the clip above chose to single out three African-American women, who are journalists.

The journalists are Abby Phillip, a CNN White House Correspondent, April Ryan, a CNN Political Analyst and Yamiche Alcindor, a White House Correspondent of PBS NewsHour and a Political Contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

April Ryan, Abby Phillip and CNN

President Trump chose to avoid a question by Abby Phillip and instead make remarks on her reporting. Trump also chose to ridicule April Ryan for her role as a journalist.

Limiting Who Can Ask Questions

In this clip, the president explains his anger with CNN at the given time. Trump goes on to deny CNN reporters including Jim Acosta, the ability to ask him questions because their "organization is terrible."

Notice a pattern?

Of the few examples, many who were called out were women, people of color, and journalists that hold the president accountable.

The problem with the president's attacks is that the public is inclined to believe him. Making journalists the enemy, not only conflicts with our first amendment rights, but it conflicts with what makes our country so great.

This behavior is not responsible for, but definitely encourages the wrong type of behavior from the public as hate crimes have risen 17 percent, from 2016 to 2017.

This has led to many attacks including the mailing of pipe bombs to 16 critics of the president: two former presidents, the CNN Center, and more.

Here's where it gets interesting.

Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, has had a rocky history with the president, which has come up in recent news.

Here is the history of the two.

A short history of Donald Trump's clashes with CNN's Jim Acosta www.youtube.com

And here is why CNN and Jim Acosta are suing the president and his top White House aides.

Trump clashes with Jim Acosta in testy exchange www.youtube.com

The tweet below is what should scare the public, as it is an altered version of the encounter with Jim Acosta posted by Sarah Sanders.

The evidence:

But here is the deal breaker.

All media networks are siding with the truth. Jim Acosta should be given his press pass back and Fox News agrees.

In a Forbes article, Fox News president Jay Wallace was quoted saying, "Secret Service passes for working journalists should never be weaponized. While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the president and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people."

What unities them?

The first amendment.

That is one thing the president cannot take away from the media.

Jim Acosta: From CNN To Fox News, No Journalist Is The Enemy www.youtube.com

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Dear America, We Can Step Forward As A Country If We Stop Believing That Only One Belief Is Valid

It's time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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Dear America,

2018 was a year of political strife and conflict. The left and the right fought constantly. Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the tiniest mistakes, and there were only a small number of successful bipartisan deals. Politicians and citizens alike seemed more concerned with sticking to party platforms, even ones they truly didn't believe in, rather than compromising with the other side to improve our society.Yet all this name-calling and hatred — what does it do in the end? What does it accomplish?

We've only seen an increased polarization of American politics and an expanded hostility towards "the other side." We don't consider the well-being of each and every person in America and the bettering of our society, or the building of a stronger world for our children and grandchildren.

We spend so much time insulting each other's political beliefs that we forget probably the most important fact that links us all together: We are all human. We all share the same basic needs, the same struggles, the same moments of happiness and sadness.

And yet we are willing to put our similarities aside and only focus on our differences. We are willing to thrust ourselves into the deep anger and loathing that comes in attacking those different from us. We are willing to parry insults behind the safety of a phone screen and forget all about what makes us alike. And we are willing to gloss over the fact that we have more similarities than differences.

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Yes, political beliefs make a person. Political beliefs define the values, ideas and thoughts of a person. But sometimes, we have to reach over those beliefs, as hard as that may be, and focus on the bigger picture at hand. What will insulting someone because of those beliefs do? It definitely won't change their views or make them see things from your point of view.

It's sad and frustrating that this endless fighting doesn't even occur between two countries or two governments or two nation-states. Instead, we see arguments and strife between two family members, two neighbors or even two strangers, all living in the same community and under the same government, all sharing more similarities than differences.

We need to stop focusing so much on singular ideas. We need to stop believing in the close-minded idea that only one thought is the best thought. And instead of wasting energy trying to change other's opinions, we need to use that energy and time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities.

These past few years have truly divided America. Let's make 2019 a year of unity, because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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