Letter to the Editor:
To the Editor:
My father was graduated from the University of Missouri in 1933 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He became a reporter and editor at the Sioux Falls Argus Leader where he worked until his retirement. He loved his craft and was respected for his work.
I was recently looking at his diploma and the accompanying Journalist’s Creed by which he practiced his work. The values listed in the creed are as true today as they were in 1933, and are shared by journalists who work on this newspaper. They include:
“I believe that the public journal is a public trust, that all connected with it are to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public, that acceptance of a lesser service than the public service is a betrayal of this trust.
“I believe that clear thinking and clear statement, accuracy, and fairness are fundamental to good journalism.
“I believe that suppression of news, for any consideration other than the welfare of society, is indefensible.
“I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds true in his heart to be true.”
Mr. Trump has only been in office for one month, but he has targeted the press as an “enemy of the people” (Chillingly, this is a term which Stalin used to suppress dissent in Russia.)
This week he barred CNN, The New York Times, The LA Times, and Politico from a meeting, inviting only news services uncritical of him.
Democracy depends upon the work of a free press; the First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees it. A free press who can shine the light of truth into dark corners.
Mr. Trump has offended all the journalists, past and present, who hold to the Journalist’s Creed. My father would be offended.