Kyle Pope is editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. This is an edited version of testimony Pope delivered July 24 at a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on threats to the press. The Columbia Journalism Review, the publication that I edit, has been in existence for 56 years. Over that time we have seen moments when the press has been revered and honored in this country, and moments when its reputation has suffered.
My name is Kyle Pope, and I am the Editor and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review. I very much appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today. CJR has been around since 1961 as both an advocate for and a watchdog of the press. Over that half century and more, we have seen moments when the press has been revered and honored in this country, and moments when its reputation has suffered.
Remember when we used to obsess about every presidential tweet? When every story was about us? When Donald Trump’s war with the media was, really, the only thing that mattered? We need to stop. Stop reporting on every tweet with the volume of a declaration of war; stop letting the president and his staff frame every misstep and scandal as a media story; stop treating Trump’s war with the press as if it’s the most important thing happening in this country. It’s not.
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