Tell Our Local Press to Hold Trump Accountable

  • Week of December 18, 2016

Trump’s attitude about the free press is downright un-American. He tweets insults at journalists who challenge him:

As newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer warned, “Our republic and its press will rise and fall together.” To preserve our democracy, we must preserve the free press. 

And we are already doing just that. Two weeks ago we asked our readers to write a letter to the editor of a paper. In response, Karin Evans wrote this letter, and it was published in the Chicago Tribune:

The Chicago Tribune must remain an independent, investigation-driven news organization no matter how much pressure a President Donald Trump puts on the news media to normalize his demagogic behavior and publish his constant stream of lies. In the press, lies must be exposed as lies. It is not enough to report what Trump says. The fact that what he says is a lie must also be reported. Every time. No lie can be left unexposed.

Never forget — Trump will be a minority president. He lost the popular vote. He has no mandate. These are facts that should inform your response to all of his communications, his initiatives, his actions. When his words or his deeds are bad for America, the press has a duty to expose those truths.

The people will be watching your coverage in the months to come. Show that you are independent. Show that you are skeptical. Show that you will not simply repeat whatever you are told. Our democracy depends on news organizations like the Tribune to take these stands.
— Karin Evans

All-of-us must make sure that Karin’s message - and our own - is heard by press all over this country.

Here's how:

1. Find your local press outlets. You can use this resource or this one.

2. Subscribe to your local paper. Our local journalists need to be supported in order to provide independent coverage. Consider giving a subscription as a holiday gift!

3. Write a letter to the editor of a local paper and ask for independent and rigorous coverage of Trump and his administration.

4. Thank your local paper when they do hold him accountable.

5. Blast Karin’s letter and this post on Facebook and Twitter to inspire your friends to do the same.