JOURNALISM ICONS DEFEND THE U.S. FIRST AMENDMENT

Apr 30, 2017

By Bob Sheppard

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U.S. President Donald Trump launched another scathing attack on what he likes to call the “fake news media” as he spoke to a crowd of supporters in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Saturday.

Trump said that if it’s their job to be honest and tell the truth, then the media deserves “a big, fat failing grade.”

Speaking later at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, two of America’s most prominent political journalists defended the First Amendmant to the Constitution:  the amendmant that gurantees a free press.

Carl Bernstein said “our job is to put the best obtainable version of the truth out there.”

Bob Woodward said ” the effort today to get this best obtainable version of the truth is largely made in good faith.   Mr. President, the media is not fake news.”

Washington Post reporters Woodward and Berstein co-authored “All The President’s Men,” the best-seller that chronicled events surrounding the Watergate break-in and crisis leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

It was made into a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman.

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