Brewer: Response to Hamilton’s column (letter)
February 10, 2017
Response to Hamilton's column
The essay written by William Hamilton in your Feb. 10 edition would have been very amusing were it not at the same time so very frightening. For a professional writer, even an opinion writer, to celebrate the systematic undermining of the news organizations is truly frightening. Does Mr. Hamilton not realize that he, himself, is also part of what he so laughingly calls the "myth-stream media"? All of the major news organizations, including the Fox News Network (from which Mr. Hamilton seems to get most of his "insight") are under attack. The Trump Administration hit the ground running on Day 1 to proclaim that the photographs of his inauguration crowd on the Washington Mall were fake, that attendance was really "Yuuge," and that the "liberal" MSM was lying (by using actual photographs!) just to belittle the new President. And the onslaught has not slowed down one iota in the subsequent days. We are relentlessly being told by this Administration that we cannot believe what we read in the newspapers, see on TV, or hear on the radio. Unless they are the Golden Words hurled by Sean Spicer or tweets from the @POTUS twitter account, words you see anywhere else are fake, false, and "bigly wrong." The goal of this attack on the media is to undermine independent investigation, to stifle dissenting views, and to create a single source of "real" news – statements issued from the Office of the President. The party affiliation of the current White House resident is irrelevant – I would be just as concerned if it were a Democrat. No administration can be empowered as the sole provider of "truth," we need reporters asking hard questions and demanding answers. So when Mr. Hamilton seemingly celebrates the undermining of the news media, he should remember that he will also be cast into irrelevancy if this campaign succeeds. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, should be deeply concerned about the possibility of the government becoming the only source of "true" information. There is no middle ground here. Either we all resist the undermining of the news media or else we all will end up with only one source of information – the government. The undermining and eradication of independent news should be resisted by a person who is a member of the media.