Wednesday, February 15, 2017

'We’re doing our jobs'

"We will have a new president soon. He was elected after waging an outright assault on the press. Animosity toward the media was a centerpiece of his campaign. He described the press as “disgusting,” 'scum,' 'lowlifes.' He called journalists the 'lowest form of humanity.' That apparently wasn’t enough. So he called us 'the lowest form of life.' In the final weeks of the campaign he labeled us 'the enemies.'

"It is no wonder that some members of our staff at The Washington Post and at other news organizations received vile insults and threats of personal harm so worrisome that extra security was required. It is no wonder that one Internet venue known for hate and misogyny and white nationalism posted the home addresses of media executives, clearly inviting vandalism or worse. Thankfully, nothing that I know of happened to anyone. Then there was the yearlong anti-Semitic targeting of journalists on Twitter."  - Marty Baron, Editor, Washington Post


Trump took on the Washington Post, the New York Times and the intelligence community in one tweet this morning. Methinks this will not end well.

But as far as Washington Post editor Marty Baron is concerned, when dealing with Trump, it's strictly business, not personal....this despite the fact that Trump - in Baron's words - waged "an outright assault on the press" during his campaign. (See quote above)

“The way I view it is, we’re not at war with the administration, we’re at work. We’re doing our jobs,” [Baron] said at the Code Media conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, Calif.

The Intelligence Community is another matter altogether.

‘He will die in jail’: Intelligence community ready to ‘go nuclear’ on Trump, senior source says

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