Listening to The Diane Rehm Show this morning, I realized that my vacation from the real world must end. Jorge Ramos, the Univision news anchor who was unceremoniously booted from a Trump press conference, was making a clear and compelling case for shouting from the rooftops. He's right. There is no time left for complacency.
Or, as Mr. Ramos wondered this morning, where were the outraged journalists nine months ago? Trump's remarks were reported ad nauseum, but without any condemnation from the talking heads. The time for outrage was then, and most of the media was silent. Where are Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite when we need them?
When security not-so-gently escorted Mr. Ramos from Trump's Press Conference, no other journalists walked out with him. The why's are an interesting melange of self-service and opportunism and reluctance to make a scene. One less reporter means one less person looking for the story. Trump has denied access to writers from The Beast, among other outlets, because he didn't like their coverage.
Am I the only one who remembers John Peter Zenger? Freedom of the press is what gave us Tom Paine and the American Revolution. Standing by and doing nothing just emboldens th:e tyrant.
Mr. Ramos knows about taking on tyrants. After his difficult interview with Fidel Castro, no visa for a return trip has been forthcoming. That's the price you pay for taking the job seriously. But, he also knows how to have fun. Responding to a heckler's Get Out of Our America, he laughed and said It's OUR America, too...just with an accent.
His book, Take a Stand: Lessons From Rebels, begins with this question: Are you an activist or a journalist? His answer is fascinating, and I'm only a little way into it.