News is able to reach all demographics, on multiple platforms, in various forms. Newspapers can be read on a lengthy break, or a video can be watched on a short bus ride to class. Photos, taken by professionals or the average citizen, can capture moments that can be shared thousands of times on social media. The freedom of our press has been allowed to expand as our devices allow for anyone to be involved with the exchange of information.
It seems as if President Trump would rather us be not so involved, even if we are more fit to than the generation he claims as great. With recent gag orders being issued on EPA, USDA, and HHS, freedom to certain information is being put on a hold. Ironically enough, it’s information that Trump doesn’t necessarily agree with.
While this is happening, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims that the reporters in the media have been “irresponsible and reckless.” He also claims that the media’s coverage of the inauguration were attempts to “lessen the enthusiasm,” around the event were “shameful and wrong.” However, it does seem convenient that those previously mentioned gag orders were put in place while the size of inauguration crowds were being widely discussed.
Americans may have expected tensions to flare, but not in a digital capacity. Even worse, a “war,” between the government and media. With vital information being forced out of the public eye, and press conferences being used to scrutinize the media, that war seems to be a very plausible reality.
At this moment, the reality is that Trump has been more divisive than anything during his meteoric rise to the oval office. With the actions he’s already taken, and his abundance of tweets, he seems content with his ways. It will be up to the media and journalists to uphold integrity and report the truth, even while being challenged and handicapped along the way. One way or another, the media’s relationship with the government will need to be consistent. The actions, reactions, and repercussions will have to be reported to the general public.
There is a reason the term “watchdog,” is used to describe the press. If it isn’t clear, the next four years will be far too crucial to not watch closely, and without constant pressure for the truth, we may see our news become as restricted as the discussion of climate change.