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Freedom of the press has been a cornerstone in American democracy since the nation’s founding. Often called the fourth estate, a free press is meant to expose the truth without fearing the government’s retribution. However, the Trump administration currently threatens to undermine this constitutional freedom, as President Trump repeatedly and publicly his hatred for the mainstream media.

In a solo press conference held February 15th, 2017, President Trump referred to coverage of White House leaks as fake, blasting CNN for having “so much anger and hatred.” However, Trump acknowledged that the leaks were real and provided no evidence of CNN reporting unfairly. Three days later, he released a tweet that equated the mainstream media to fake news: "Don't believe the mainstream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL."

Trump’s statements are dangerous because they create public confusion, enabling more misinformation to seep into the public conscience. Though fair critiques ca...

March 12, 2017

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As a high school student attending a conservative Catholic all-girls school in the Bay Area, I’ve often been the minority- both in ethnicity and political values. My attempts to promote racial solidarity within the community by encouraging action were widely ignored- sometimes even lambasted as “a liberal agenda.” There has been such a clear divide within my school concerning recent issues that it’s been incredibly difficult to form a coherent goal of increasing acceptance, especially when each side seems to be battling the other in terms of perspective. Being an anchor for the “Current News” segment of my school’s weekly broadcast, I understood this, as much as I understood that it wasn’t so much about justifying my own stance as it was about featuring the stances of others. What I didn’t realize was that there would be some who didn’t share that view.

It was shortly after the airing of the final “Current News” segment of the school’s weekly...

November 26, 2016

“In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.” -Charlie Chaplin

We, as Americans, have lost the way. That is the unavoidable truth. This election cycle highlights that. To put it simply, there is a disconnect in this country that cannot easily be bridged. While millions celebrate the success of Donald Trump in the election, millions of others feel lost and confused, with thousands of them have taken to the streets to protest. Liberals cry out at what they feel is a “sexist, racist, homophobic, incredibly ignorant” group of American voters. But that misunderstanding is part of what cost them the election. When Donald Trump labelled Mexicans as people bringing drugs, bringing crime, as rapists, the nation cried out. Yet when people categorize the entirety of Trump voters as racist, homophobic, sexist, and ignorant, there is very little comment.

I am not saying Trump’s...

Richard Armitage, adviser to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; Henry Paulson, treasury secretary; Doug Elmets, former Reagan spokesperson. Such names comprise the concise list of big-name Republicans who have endorsed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, over the highly contentious presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Yet, disconcertingly, the list does not seem to be growing fast enough. Plenty of prominent Republicans have publicly condemned the ways of Trump’s controversial nature, but only few have acted further in not plainly endorsing the businessman and reality television star host. Some have vaguely stated they would endorse whomever the Republican nominee is, avoiding a direct endorsement of Trump himself, to support the democracy that should ultimately underlie American political elections, especially presidential ones. Others, like former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, favor a...

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