Tag: autocracy


On the dangers of attacking the media in a democratic republic

“The most dangerous 'enemy of the people' is presidential lying--always. Attacks on press by @realDonaldTrump more treacherous than Nixon’s" -- Carl Bernstein, journalist who broke the Watergate scandal "These systematic attacks on the media accomplish two things. First, they fire up the base, which believe that traditional media do not represent their interests or concerns. Second, they provoke the media itself, which feeling threatened, adopts a more oppositional posture. This in turn further fuels the polarization on which the leaders depend and paves the way for the government to introduce legal restrictions. The most dramatic example was in Venezuela, where elements in the media embarked on a campaign of open warfare, engagin...