Free Press: June 29, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

I am angry today. I went to bed angry. I woke up angry. I assume I will remain angry throughout the day, and probably go to bed angry again tonight. Tomorrow I will angrily attend a protest in Boston.

“I can’t wait for vigilante squads to start gunning down journalists,” said Milo Yiannopoulos.

Journalists are “the enemy of the people,” said Trump.

A man at a Trump rally wears a shirt that says, “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.”

At this moment, I’d like to turn to Dan Rather, because his words will keep me from putting a fist through my desk.

“As the facts come into focus, we know that an historic institution of American journalism was targeted. It’s a sober reminder that a free press is not free from danger and intimidation. Journalists are armed with constitutional productions and dogged determination but they are vulnerable. And anyone who stokes the fires of hatred at the press, either subtly or explicitly, must take a pause, even if it turns out that that rhetoric did not fuel this particular moment of bloodshed…May all those who perished not be forgotten. May they rest in peace. And may the free press in this country that they served remain a cherished American institution.”

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