Why Freedom of The Press Is Important

This headline, this topic has been written on since the beginning of time. I am going to say a lot of things in this column that could be cited 1000 times over. But, what happened with Jim Acosta and President Trump has made my blood boil so I needed to talk and say things that have been said over and over again.

If you haven’t seen the video, I want you to stop reading now and go watch it here. The video is 7min, skip your way through the fluff to find the meat of the interaction between Acosta and Trump.

If you want to make the argument that Jim Acosta crossed a line, I wouldn’t immediately disagree with you. I wouldn’t immediately put you down and say you’re wrong. But, let me explain.

How our President reacted, how he immediately decided to put a very well respected reporter into the ground and ridicule him will never be okay with me. That is not okay to do with any human being, ever.

And, I mean that. One can hate/feel strongly against someone to the end of the earth, but to put them into the ground like he did was completely unethical and wrong.

I reference the reporter who immediately came to Acosta’s defense following the incident, giving up some of his time to defend his fellow reporter.

It’s not okay.

But, what does this have to do with Freedom of the Press?

As I hope all of you know, as soon as this happened, President Trump and the White House revoked Jim Acosta’s White House press access. He was revoked from the White House and could essentially not do his job anymore.

Note: Since writing this, his access has been granted again, he is back reporting in the White House.

This is a big deal to me and a big deal to the Freedom of the Press. If Jim Acosta did something to break a law or go against a press policy or something (I am making up reasons here), then I might get it. But, he did nothing to that extent. Again, he may of crossed the line, but nothing to revoke his Freedom of the Press.

The Freedom of the Press is important because we as Americans need Jim Acosta’s to ask the tough questions, to step over the line to be heard and to get answers. We don’t need people of authority shutting him out. What happened between President Trump and Jim Acosta is the exact thing our founders wanted to prevent. Our Government works because of the checks and balances we have put into place. We are in big big trouble if we ever get away from that.

No one should be able to slander someone, no one should be able to revoke someones permissions because they “are not a big fan” of them. Period, end of story.

It’s a slippery path, and I am hoping that the future looks different and that incidents like this don’t become commonplace.


Blake TarmannComment