We are reminded of a photo taken shortly before the 2016 election. It was a picture of the back of a man’s shirt at a Trump rally.
“Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required,” it read.
We know people sometimes get upset with media. There always will be news stories with which people disagree or feel uncomfortable. But do they really want us dead?
We watch as millions of Americans turn away from fact-based reporting and chose to get their “news” elsewhere, purely based on assumptions and what they were told to believe. Liberals and conservatives alike have been guilty of sharing incorrect, half-true or cherry-picked information with their friends and followers on social media. Hate spreads. Division grows.
We are the watchdogs of governments, schools and crime. We spot falsehoods, notice trends and confirm corruption. We are trained and paid to do this. People who don’t even read the paper claim we are biased, liars and “fake news.”
Yet we do this for you — our readers.
If journalists disappear, who will hold our electedofficials accountable?