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To every American who uses the term “the liberal media” I beg you to stop. If you think the media is “liberal” (whatever that means) then watch/ read/ listen to other media. There’s plenty of it it out there (check out this graph to see all your choices) and it’s your responsibility to change it up if you think you’re not getting accurate information.

The word “media” is simply the plural of medium: a particular form or system of communication (such as newspapers, radio, or television). Period. That’s it. Stop putting your own hateful adjective before a noun to insinuate that an entire industry can’t be trusted.

Without different forms of media, you would know nothing more than what you hear and see in your immediate surroundings. You would not be able to read about what’s going on in other parts of your community, state, nation, world, or universe. You would be uninformed — or worse, misinformed — about countless topics that have a direct effect on your life: economics, social issues, the environment, science, politics, health, the latest box office blockbuster, your favorite team’s box scores, your beloved second grade teacher’s funeral service, Little League sign-ups, and the list goes on and on.

The media is your friend and makes your life better.

To label the media “liberal” is like calling food disgusting. Not all food is disgusting, and if you don’t like to eat monkey brains or pig intestines then don’t — eat chocolate mint ice cream or spaghetti Carbonara. Eat different types of food. You need food to nourish your body and you need a balanced diet to stay healthy.

If you reject all of it because you don’t like some, you will starve.

When President Trump attacks “the liberal media” and tells his supporters which networks or shows to watch, or not, he does a disservice to all Americans. The terms “fake news” and “alternative facts” smear an entire industry as untrustworthy and unfairly malign the majority of hardworking journalists who follow ethical standards to report the truth and keep you informed. Trump’s Tweets inciting violence against CNN and personally attacking and mocking reporters who don’t kiss his ring are a disgrace to the presidency. He took an oath to uphold the constitution and that includes the First Amendment. Without freedom of speech and freedom of the press, the United States starts down an Orwellian path that will do anything but make America great again.

Please, stop the insanity and blaming of the media for the sins of an impetuous president who cares more about his own popularity than the ideals this country was founded upon. Happy Fourth of July … and long live freedom of the press.