Aleanna Siacon Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Dec 28, 2018 As 2018 comes to a close, it's time to hit rewind. This year was jam-packed with impactful news stories that have started conversations and garnered hundreds of thousands of online page views — from historic court decisions and the legalization of recreational marijuana to sexual assaults in Jamaica, the death of the Queen of Soul and much more. Here's a look at the top stories that racked up the most page views on the Free Press website — Freep.com — this year: 1. After 30 years in U.S., Michigan dad deported Jorge Garcia, 39, was a landscaper from Lincoln Park who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years until he was deported to Mexico on Jan. 15. He had no criminal record and paid taxes every year. Garcia, who was brought to the U.S. by an undocumented family member at the age of 10, has a wife and two children who are all U.S. citizens. Free … [Read more...] about The most viewed Detroit Free Press stories of 2018
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U.S. Donald Trump President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the media during his time in the Oval Office, calling the free press “the enemy of the people.” On Thursday, the media fought back. Over 300 news organizations across the country participated in writing editorials defending the role of the free press and condemning Trump’s ongoing assault on journalism. In a column entitled “A Free Press Needs You” the New York Times editorial board wrote: “News reporters and editors are human, and make mistakes. Correcting them is core to our job. But insisting that truths you don’t like are 'fake news' is dangerous to the lifeblood of democracy. And calling journalists the 'enemy of the people' is dangerous, period.” Here’s what else newsrooms across America had to say.On Donald Trump's Toxicity: The Tampa Bay Times Recommended Slideshows 76 50 Highest Paying Jobs in the United States 80 In Pictures: Top 50 U.S. … [Read more...] about Free Press Takes on Trump: The Best Lines From Editorials in Response to ‘Enemy of the People’ Attack
opinion Sun-News Editorial Board Published 12:57 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Our reporters cover the news; the last thing they want is to be part of the news. At the Sun-News, we focus on Las Cruces and Doña Ana County, and let our colleagues at USA Today and The Associated Press handle the daily roar coming from our nation’s capital. For those reasons, we have chosen not to comment on President Donald Trump’s escalating war of words against the free media – until now. Today we join with a national effort spearheaded by the Boston Globe to answer the unfounded smears and unprecedented attack on the free press. Ours will be one of dozens of editorials across the country today on this topic. The mere fact that you are reading this in the Sun-News suggests that you already have an appreciation for the importance of a free press. You understand that, since our nation’s founding, citizens have relied on the media to keep them informed on what their government … [Read more...] about We join effort to stand up for a free press
Editorials By THE EDITORIAL BOARD AUG. 15, 2018 Opinion A Free Press Needs You By The Editorial Board In 1787, the year the Constitution was adopted, Thomas Jefferson famously wrote to a friend, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” That’s how he felt before he became president, anyway. Twenty years later, after enduring the oversight of the press from inside the White House, he was less sure of its value. “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper,” he wrote. “Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” Jefferson’s discomfort was, and remains, understandable. Reporting the news in an open society is an enterprise laced with conflict. His discomfort also illustrates the need for the right he helped enshrine. As the founders … [Read more...] about A Free Press Needs You
Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 5, 2018 “(The people) have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right, to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams, 1765 President Donald Trump last week called many media outlets “the enemy of the American people.” His press secretary, when given the chance to retract, deny, or at least clarify that statement, refused to do so, instead listing off times that she herself has felt mistreated by journalists. Presidents come and go. So do press secretaries. Ideas stick around longer. The idea of a free press, for example, as essential to America — protected by the First Amendment of our Constitution — predates this President by nearly 230 years. So when the idea that the press is the “enemy” of America starts to float, we ought to be concerned. After all, you can name … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: If a free press is the ‘enemy,’ then who is your friend?