It’s not just about his fragile ego. Donald Trump devotes so much energy to undermining journalism because a free and independent press is one of the best safeguards against tyranny and injustice in any democracy. It’s why the press is known as the fourth estate. There are three co-equal branches of government, and then there’s the press. Our job is to keep the government (and corporations) honest and working for the people.
We need the fourth estate more than ever. Manufactured hate and misinformation are fracturing the social contract across our country. But the fourth estate needs you more than ever, too. Newsrooms are shrinking, not growing, and most are managed by big corporations that care about their stock prices not the people of Rhode Island.
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