Journalism Is Not Dead, In Fact, Donald Trump Has Made It Great Again
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Journalism Is Not Dead, In Fact, Donald Trump Has Made It Great Again

This year's Pulitzer Prize winners show it's as strong as ever.

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Journalism Is Not Dead, In Fact, Donald Trump Has Made It Great Again
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The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Awards were announced on Monday, and each year they recognize the best in journalism.

This contrasts the time when Donald Trump and the Republican party held a "Fake News Awards" to denote the most dishonest in the mainstream media. To Donald, if a news outlet holds him accountable for his actions, then it's fake news.

The award that I had my eye on was the category for investigative reporting.

The finalists were the Virginian-Pilot and the Miami Herald, and the winner was The Washington Post and its reporting "that changed the course of a Senate race in Alabama " when it brought light to rumors of Roy Moore's sexual harassment of teenagers in the past.

The Washington Post also had to fight actual fake news by countless websites that said the women were making up their stories to undermine Moore in the election.

Another Pulitzer Prize won from work done in the Alabama Senate election was in the Commentary category. John Archibald from AL.com won "for lyrical and courageous commentary that is rooted in Alabama but has a national resonance in scrutinizing corrupt politicians, championing the rights of women and calling out hypocrisy."

The reporting from the Washington Post and the commentary from Archibald and the entire AL.com team indeed help swing an election between polar-opposite candidates.

So, to those who say journalism is dead, I beg to differ.

In fact, from the 2016 election cycle to the present day, Donald Trump has inadvertently made journalism great again.

Donald has lied so much over the past few years (and beyond) that a heavier emphasis on fact-checking has taken place.

Now more than ever, to have well-sourced and factual details in breaking news is extremely important.

And the hard work does not go recognized as The Washington Post and the New York Times were recognized for their national reporting.

Every week and nearly every day, reporters from each organization have fought relentlessly against a president and his administration that have shown a disdain for media, much like authoritarian leaders around the world.

The Times and The Post have done a remarkable job at holding Donald Trump accountable, especially when it comes to the issues with potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

The threat of Russia is real, and they will likely continue to meddle in the 2018 elections and beyond.

The near-flawless reporting we are seeing today is helping American voters stay informed and become vigilant.

Journalism helped save Alabama from sending a disgraced, homophobic man to represent it in the United States Senate.

Hopefully, it will save us from a foreign adversary meddling in our elections because Donald Trump has shown no signs of wanting to stop it.


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