Media to be recognized as American People

Media to be recognized as American People

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Patricia Brooks started this petition to White House Correspondents Association

Yesterday, Jim Acosta, an established and respected journalist from a real news network CNN, was kicked out of the White House press briefing room. So was I. So was everyone else I know. So was literally everyone. Jim Acosta represents everyone. He represents the American People.

This petition urges journalists to start referring to Jim Acosta as the American People. Furthermore, start referring to all legitimate journalists as the American People. 

We demand that until Jim Acosta returns, the only question that should be asked is why has the White House banned the American People?

Otherwise, we expect a stunt where all press are not speaking or wearing tape over their mouths for being silenced.

I work in media relations for a living. I often represent journalists or media organizations and started my very career as an intern in the media relations department at NPR. I also provide media literacy and own a media consultancy business. www.matchmapmedia.com Many White House and media reporters are used to hearing from me. This time I write as myself. Press has a public relations problem right now, and until they fix it, they risk ruining our most important and basic civil right in the Constitution.

First, no respected journalists should refer to his/herself as "the media." He or she should only use the word journalist as a description. The media is a tool or an object. It's a platform. Not everyone who speaks in the media is a journalist. A journalist seeks truth and works in the public interest. In today's society, we have so many different options for getting information. Many people are confused. It is hard to know the difference between a journalist and a random person on the internet. A lot of the reason people have lost trust in journalism is because it is often hard for them to recognize it from all the other things out there. It is your and my job to inform them. Many also forgot that we are the media, and we need to be reminded. We are at a critical juncture where it is crucial that we all make this clear.

When the President attacks journalism, it is an assault on the American people. Everyone needs to know that. Anyone attacking or de-legitimatizing the press needs to know that they are only degrading his or her own self and should be embarrassed. The President has been successful in convincing some American People that journalism is against them. This is not true. In reality, the press are them--they represent them. They have the power to change the press. The press work for us.  We are the press. Like guns, the Founding Fathers intended the press as our weapon against a corrupt government. It is our resource to hold the Government accountable. Why is our Government trying to take it away?

Signed,

The American People, remember us? We are your boss, after all. You work for us and in our interest.

 

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