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LOL! Comedian David Letterman: The Press ‘Educates’ and ‘Informs’ People

Posted on 03 November 2020

Everybody involved in the TV business hates Donald Trump, but what is it about the president and his actions that upset them the most?  For David Letterman, a television host who is famed for his show Late Show with David Letterman, one of the worst blunders Trump has ever committed was criticizing the press. According to, he said, “Well, I’ll tell you when it really began was when he declared that the press was the enemy of the people.” Trump had expressed such an opinion some time after his inauguration in 2017.  Letterman strongly disagreed: And to me, this seemed like something you hear coming out of Venezuela, when Hugo Chávez was running that country. I thought, ‘This is not right.’ Even ill-informed people like myself know that this is not right. The press is not the enemy of the people. The press educates the people. The press informs the people. The press does the heavy lifting for people who don’t need to be aware of every single thing that’s going on because the press is doing that job for them. The problem with Letterman’s statement is that nowadays, the press is a weapon for the left-wing political agenda. This has skewed their view and, consequently, they only release news that fits that agenda and favors politicians supporting such an agenda. Any other news that doesn’t fit their criteria is withheld. All these factors prevent them from properly educating and informing the people, as the press should do. Since Letterman mentioned the dictator Chávez, he will be used as an example. Last week, MSNBC's Ellison Barber aggressively tried to persuade two Venezuelan-American voters that Trump is similar to Hugo Chávez, to discourage them from voting for Trump. That’s not educating the people, as Letterman claims the press does. That’s defamation. News outlets today aren’t interested in educating. They just want to make whomever they favor look good, and make anyone they dislike look downright awful. Another example is how the press called the GOP “whores,” but praised Biden for “putting 'character on the ballot.'” The newspapers and TV today do not impartially educate the people.  Contrary to what Letterman said, the press nowadays does not inform the people, either. Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, has recently come under scrutiny for his suspicious business activities that may involve his father. Instead of reporting what was going on, the story hardly received any notice from any major news outlets. A U.S. presidential candidate's son is involved in a potential scandal. This would normally be breaking news material. But the press has failed to do its job. And it’s not just in the case of Hunter Biden. The news outlets have also ignored big news such as Tara Reade’s accusations of being sexually assaulted at the hands of Joe Biden. The press today is selective in their news, and withholds information that could damage the reputation of persons they support. That’s not what the press is supposed to do. In short, the press is neither educating nor informing the public, as it should and as Letterman claims they do. Instead, media are spreading disinformation and suppressing news. That is what an enemy of the people would do. Letterman expressed that a Trump defeat “will be a relief to every living being in this country, whether they realize it now or not. It certainly will be a relief to me and my family, and I think generally the population. I’m more confident now than I was then, and I was pretty confident then. I was wrong. I don’t think I’ll be wrong this time.” The press will certainly be relieved if Trump loses, which is not what they should feel if they were doing their job properly.