Today, in this installment of Midday Culture Connections with Dr. Sheri Parks, the Press and Public Trust. For three years, since he announced his candidacy for President in 2015, Donald Trump has pounded a steady drumbeat of claims that major news outlets promulgate fake news. A recent poll indicated that 61% of Democrats and 89% of Republicans agree with him.
Mr. Trump and other political leaders have taken those claims one step further, asserting that the press is the enemy of the people. Is there a link between that rhetoric and the kind of violence inflicted on the newsroom of the Capital Gazette last week?
Dr. Sheri Parks is the Vice President for Strategic Inititiaves at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She's the author of Fierce Angels: Living With A Legacy From Scared Dark Feminine to Strong Black Woman.