If Meryl Streep Doesn’t Hate the Media, You Shouldn’t Either
While many people today are still reeling from Meryl Streep’s takedown of Trump last night at the Golden Globes, they’re forgetting another key point that she made.
Aside from highlighting the lies that Donald Trump has managed to get away with, Meryl also called on the Hollywood community to support journalists:
“This brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage. That’s why our founders enshrined the press and its freedoms in our Constitution. So I only ask the famously, well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press and all of us in our community to join me in supporting the Committee to Protect Journalists. Because we’re going to need them going forward. And they’ll need us to safeguard the truth,” Meryl said at the end of her speech.
Holy fuck, right on, Meryl!
Not many people think about the danger that goes into journalism and reporting. In fact, in 2016 115 journalists were killed worldwide while reporting, and another 259 were jailed. And even if your journalism job doesn’t put you in physical harm’s way, it can be really tough to tell people things they don’t want to hear — especially when people in power like Donald Trump are encouraging civilians to distrust the press every time they get a chance.
Do you know why rich and famous people complain about the media? It’s because journalists speak truth to power. They deliver the messages that would otherwise be covered up by the rich and powerful people who love to complain that the media is biased.
And especially now when we have a president who doesn’t take facts for the truth, it will be more important than ever to produce the unbiased reporting that can only come from journalists who are holding Trump accountable.
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) January 9, 2017
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