2017 was a year which saw the truth, objective, empirical, evidence based truth, more battered and abused than at any time in the history of our country at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government. The enemy of the people was how the president of the United States called the free press in 2017.
Mr. President, it is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin, to describe his enemies. And of course, the president has it precisely backward, despotism is the enemy of the people. The free press is the despite's enemy which makes the free press the guardian of democracy.
But it seems he is now, in turn, inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language. That is reprehensible. We are not in a fake news era as Bashar Assad says. We are, rather, in an era in which the authoritarian impulse is reasserting itself to challenge free people and free societies everywhere.
It is arranged and regularity of the untruth we see that should be a cost for profound alarm and spurt to action.