Written in solidarity with the 100+ newspapers joining the Boston Globe’s initiative to post Editorials on Thursday 8/16/18, in objection to the presidential characterization of the press as the Enemy.
DAVE MARASH, Senior Adviser to the Committee to Protect Journalists
The real enemies of the people are ignorance and fear.
The real enemies of the people are those who spread ignorance and fear.
What can defeat ignorance and fear and the demagogues who exploit both? Information: the presentation of facts and the opportunity to consider them, discuss them, and understand them.
Gathering facts and ways of looking at them, collating and focusing points of view to enhance civil discussion and promote deeper understanding is what journalists try to do.
Nobody’s fact collection is complete; the news is always getting newer. And everyone’s collation and analysis of the facts is imperfect. Which is why the news media hold themselves accountable, why they operate with brand names, offer accessible addresses for communications, and provide publicly-available platforms for comments.
Newspeople don’t always know the truth, but we are always looking for it, and for the most effective processes for discovering, verifying and communicating truth — to the people.
The American people do have enemies, but it’s not us. Journalists serve the people by providing the truest picture of our shared reality that we can document and describe.
AMY MARASH, research, bookings, finance, graphics Here & There
We are not your enemy
My husband Dave Marash has served the public interest by reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, Palestine, Rwanda, and Nicaragua, risking his safety to do his job.
I was never a conflict reporter, just a tv camerawoman with 2 little kids at home, who never went to any war. In the course of my work I was held at gunpoint in Montana and spat on in the streets of Boston, but usually risked very little while I covered wildfires, earthquakes, and domestic upheaval. Mostly I worked my region and shot everything on general assignment from politics, weather, sports, arts, culture, a bit of investigative work. The worst accident I had was falling asleep at the wheel on the way home from a fluffy assignment in Colorado for Good Morning America.
My training was to literally find my way to the assignment and document what I saw and heard.
I don’t think this makes me your enemy. I think this made me your eyes and ears, and sometimes your heart.
You may not believe what our guests say on “Here & There with Dave Marash,” and you may believe that our podcasts and radio shows include too much opinion. You may disagree with the facts presented by the reporters and analysts on David’s show, but that does not make Dave your enemy. You may think my cartoons are offensive or unfair, but that does not make me an enemy of the American people.
We are HERE and we stand in solidarity with the reporting staffs of newspapers, magazines, tv and radio programs and podcasters who bring you the truth as they see it.
Please don’t let anyone tell you I am your enemy.
Please do not ridicule our colleagues.
ANNE SILBERMAN, research and booking producer for Here & There
I am not an enemy of the people.
For nearly two decades, I worked on behalf of all Seattle, WA commuters, as a traffic reporter, always doing my best to find and report the most current road conditions so workers could arrive to work or back home safely. For several years, I scoured books and journals and websites locating cutting-edge science and alternative viewpoints for the benefit of all listeners, as an assistant producer for the national overnight radio program, Coast to Coast AM. Now, working with Dave Marash Here and There, I am proud to search for stories affecting Americans and New Mexicans. Stories of how our social safety net is failing and how lapses in health and safety regulations are affecting hard-working Americans. All of my efforts in journalism have been for the benefit of our country and citizenry. None of it has been done to line my pockets, unlike many politicians. Unlike our current President.
MARY LOU COOPER, researcher and booker with “Here and There,”volunteer consumer reporter with KSFR public radio Santa Fe. In her former life, she worked in politics.
Are Journalists the Enemy?
No. The enemy is we the people who mainly prefer to hear news that we agree with. Anything else is “fake.” It seems that many conservatives and liberals prefer to look in the mirror rather than be enlightened by hard truths.
Are journalists without flaws?
Of course not. We must constantly strive to keep our personal views out of the news and onto the opinion pages of newspapers or their broadcast equivalent.
Are journalists vital to democracy?
Absolutely. There’s a reason that the press is often referred to as “The Fourth Estate.” Journalists are key enforcers of the checks and balances essential to a vibrant democracy. Review of government by government itself is never enough.
I am proud to stand with my colleagues at “Here and There” and at KSFR public radio in support of journalists everywhere who strive each and every day to bring the public timely and accurate stories.
Mary Lou Cooper