Free Press in the Trump Era

President Donald Trump continues to take aim at the media – almost on a daily basis.

In addition to calling the press the enemy of the American people, the president has called mainstream media “fake,” “disgusting,” “corrupt” and even “the opposition party.”


But calling the press “the enemy of the American People” crossed a line for even some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain who said that a free press is vital to democracy on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.


Fox News hosts Chris Wallace and Shepard Smith have also criticized the president; and Sen. Lindsay Graham and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are defending the freedom of the press.

So how do you cover a hostile subject? How do you decide when to run a breaking story? And, is the media biased?  

Here to answer those questions and more are: Bruce Dold, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Tribune; Jim Kirk, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times; and Hugh Dellios, the Chicago News Editor for the Associated Press.


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