Responsible journalism has been replaced by unfounded allegations, irresponsible claims, “fake news,” and lately, incitement to commit violence, even murder.
None of this has any place in professional journalism, and at best belongs on some obscure internet bulletin board frequented by those who prefer to remain ignorant.
Unfortunately, just about anyone can toss up a professional-looking website and fill it with lies, half-truths, bizarre conspiracies, and again, “fake news.”
But we expect better from the major media.
We don’t expect to agree with them very often, but we do demand that they at least try to act like the educated, professional journalists they purport to be.
We are going to find our beliefs frequently at variance with those of the Huffington Post. That’s fine, and is part of society’s ongoing discourse.
But we condemn the publication of a piece, especially by an alleged professional writer, that calls for the “ultimate punishment” for a president of the United States.
We all know what that means and it is despicable, grossly irresponsible, and unprofessional.
From The Daily Caller:
“The Huffington Post pulled a piece calling for the ‘execution’ of President Donald Trump published Saturday by contributor Jason Fuller.
Fuller’s piece contained rhetoric and imagery that seems tasteless, particularly after Wednesday’s events. Fuller boldly declares in the title that ‘Trump must be prosecuted and — if convicted in a court of law — executed.‘
Fuller doesn’t stop there, however, as he insists that ‘impeachment isn’t enough’ to ‘drain the swamp,’ and to do so means doling out the ‘ultimate punishment [execution] in order to fully restore the moral compass of the U.S.’
Fuller’s ‘ultimate punishment’ is not only reserved for the president, but also for ‘everyone assisting in his agenda,’ including Republican Reps. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and White House strategist Steve Bannon.
Fuller claims that ‘all must face justice’ by being tried, convicted and ultimately executed for treason.’”
It’s nice that the Huffington Post pulled the piece – after the damage was done. But that’s just not good enough.
Mr. Fuller should be disciplined and required to publish a retraction and an apology.
The paper should also issue an apology for publishing such vileness, and Fuller should never be allowed to write for them again.
It these individuals at the Post don’t understand why this should be done, we suggest they return to wherever they purport to have studied journalism and demand a tuition refund.
Source: Daily Caller