I like this letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune so much that I reprint it here in its entirety. An excellent reminder to all of us in the media and publishing:
December 11, 2016
The Chicago Tribune must remain an independent, investigation-driven news organization no matter how much pressure a President Donald Trump puts on the news media to normalize his demagogic behavior and publish his constant stream of lies. In the press, lies must be exposed as lies. It is not enough to report what Trump says. The fact that what he says is a lie must also be reported. Every time. No lie can be left unexposed.
Never forget — Trump will be a minority president. He lost the popular vote. He has no mandate. These are facts that should inform your response to all of his communications, his initiatives, his actions. When his words or his deeds are bad for America, the press has a duty to expose those truths.
The people will be watching your coverage in the months to come. Show that you are independent. Show that you are skeptical. Show that you will not simply repeat whatever you are told. Our democracy depends on news organizations like the Tribune to take these stands.
—Karin Evans, Forest Park
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