I am a proud member of the profession of journalism, or, as one resident of the White House more commonly refers to it, “the fake, fake disgusting news!”
The First Amendment to the Constitution, which reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” is first for a reason.
As Thomas Jefferson so appropriately stated, if he had to choose between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” The press is not, as the current president would have you believe, the “enemy of the people;” the press is the people. It is the primary mechanism for the people to receive information; it is the tool to hold government officials accountable for their actions.
All this is to say, simply, that I take my role as a journalist quite seriously even if I find some of the people about whom I write quite comical, if not an absolute joke.