In Washington, D.C., one of my favorite places is the Newseum, dedicated to freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment and the history of communication. When I reach the Journalists Memorial, listing the names of 2,300 journalists killed in the line of duty, I cry for them and their families, as I do for those on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall nearby.
For the most part, people of the media are hard-working, passionate and competitive.
They seek to bring facts and truth to the American people, even at the risk of their own comfort, safety and lives. They are everyday unsung heroes subjected to verbal abuse and threats, some of which, tragically, do unfold.
It is not the media’s job to just be a microphone or a camera or a battered woman and give Donald Trump free rein to present a his reality without correcting repeated falsehoods. The cameras are not rolling for Trump Truthers to spin any lies that contradict themselves from hour to hour without comment and analysis.
Trump has been given what he asked for — more free time and space than any candidate ever.
It is not the media’s job to take the actual videos of him and change them or not play them because his words and behavior are so repugnant and un-American.
If Trump doesn’t like what he sees and hears, it is his own fault. He is looking in a mirror of his own making.