The Most Important Defense Against Trump Is a Free Press

It’s fair to say that the most important defense against the lunacy of Donald Trump has so far been the power of the free press.

But that power itself is under assault. Google and Facebook are vacuuming up nearly all digital advertising, leaving publications scrambling to find revenue. The FCC, under Trump’s hand-picked commissioner, is poised to repeal net neutrality, which will give corporate America even more power over what messages are heard. Conservative billionaires, including the Koch brothers, are buying up ever more news outlets, turning more and more media into pro-Trump state propaganda. All while the president and his supporters use “fake news” as a pejorative to delegitimize legitimate journalism.

Here at the Washington Monthly, we’re fighting back. Our bloggers are providing you with analysis and commentary of breaking news that is informative and unique, and the reporting in our print magazine is looking over the horizon for the problems—and solutions—that the rest of the press and political class aren’t talking about.

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Paul Glastris

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly.