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Enough. The media should stop providing non-stop Trump venom

December 1, 2018

Are the media complicit in the plummeting downfall of America’s sense of decency and democracy?

Yes, is the resounding answer — not because the media are particularly “fake” or even intend to promote the abhorrent stagnation that is plaguing America’s moral compass. The media are complicit because, day after day, they give the American people nonstop exposure to the lies, deception, divisiveness, hate and crime that is the very character of the current administration.

The media should stop providing the platform for pouring the putrid nature of the 45th president into homes across the country.

What would happen if no press corps members showed up for news conferences?

What would happen if “breaking news” every day was not about some additional affront leveled at America and its tottering state of democracy?

What would happen if the nonsense that permeates the news stopped or at least was significantly minimized?

Enough! Enough coverage of the senseless rallies that inspire those who are drawn to racism, bigotry and violence against people of any ethnicity, culture, religion or political beliefs contrary to a white nationalist ideology.

The media give voice to the bully pulpit that incites horrific acts by the ugliest of humanity. Yes, the perpetrator igniting these horrors holds the most powerful position in the world but does not speak for or represent the majority who call themselves Americans.

America’s position would have been unimaginable only two years ago. Other nations are laughing at us, and the respect that was once earned because of America’s principles of freedom, democracy, individual rights and reasonably just laws, and its fundamental mantra to offer equality to all its people has eroded, if not completely disappeared.

Just stop. Tell America about what’s good and decent and honest and forthright. Let the evening news open with what the families of the Sandy Hook victims have done to heal their pain and grief, and make the safety of other children a priority.

Start with profiles of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who seized the opportunity to let their voices be heard and are making a difference in amazing ways.

Tell America how the congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., has risen above the senseless horror that took the lives of its members in the middle of a midweek Bible study.

Let the lead story profile the hundreds of thousands of immigrants whose loyalty and contributions are intricately woven into the fabric of America.

The breaking news can highlight the many newly elected officials who were compelled to enter political arenas because enough is enough.

Thousands of America’s military have been serving multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan; tell some of their stories.

Survivors of shootings in Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas and far too many school campuses, the survivors of California fires and mudslides, victims and survivors of Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Marie and Michael have stories of hope, survival and honor. Tell the stories of the first responders who place themselves in harm’s way for the very reason that makes America the special place that it is.

Tell America how it has a responsibility to hold its elected officials accountable. Recognize and give voice to the millions of Americans who are appalled by the demise of America’s moral, intellectual and social conscience.

Our children will be shaped by what is being done in this country, by what is being said, by what is being seen.

Just stop.

Let the media rise to a higher level of obligation and desist in spilling daily doses of the administration’s venomous behavior into our homes. Let the media collectively decide to place themselves on the right side of history.

Lynda Byrd of San Antonio is a retired executive with the General Agency of the United Methodist Church.

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