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.”

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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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