“In America the President reigns for four years, and journalism governs forever and ever.” -Oscar Wilde
As much as the media irritates Americans, it plays an important role providing a looking glass for us to examine our government. Presidents gain and lose power quickly. The news media has had power (to influence government officials and common people) for hundreds of years as the Fourth Estate.
As of right now, our political climate and the rise of ‘fake news’ accusations make it tough to trust journalists. However, we should not simply write them all off as malicious or incompetent. Instead, we should view it as our public duty to sift through the information being thrown at us. Somewhere someone is telling the truth, so go find that story.
Do not cry ‘fake news’ when you see information that contradicts your beliefs. Open your mind to more news outlets and opinions. Remember that journalists are a vital part of our democracy, and those who wish to discredit them may be hiding something.