They awaken every morning to a brand new day, just as we do. Brushing teeth, kissing spouses, grumbling at the difficulty in getting a child out of bed and ready for school. They drink their morning cuppa coffee or hot chocolate or orange juice. Some of them grab a bite to eat at home, while others are in a hurry bc that child–or those children–dragged their adorably precious, but annoying butts just a little too slow and everyone is going to be late if they don’t leave right now. Others get to take a more lackadaisical approach to the morning, relaxing with little more than the morning paper and Spotify playing in the background. There are even those who awoke before everyone else. Springing from the bed as if they just slept a week, they freshen up throw on some clothes and go for a walk/run/jog, head to they gym at the ungodly hour of it’s not even sun out yet, or hop on their bike to see the sunrise. They are us.
They eat what we eat.
Vacation in the places we vacation.
Thrill to baseball, basketball, football and no-ball just as we do.
They stress over paying the mortgage, the rent, utilities, the water bill and more, just like we do.
They gasp in shock and disbelief at the never-ending series of tragedies that unfolds on a daily basis.
They do so many of the things we do, these women, non-binary folks, and men.
In so many ways, we and they are the same. Except they are hiding a secret. A secret that, of course, they don’t want you to know. These people have insinuated themselves into the fabric of our country, eating our food, enjoying our culture, using our resources, acting as if they belong here. They go about their days with smiling faces, doing their jobs, but beneath it all, they are not our friends. They are not our family. They are not our loved ones at all. They are something more insidious.
They are the enemy. The enemy of the people.
That’s what the current occupant of the White House would have the citizens of this country think of them: journalists, reporters, the Fourth Estate, the press. It is well known by now that POTUS45 has a high level of disdain for the press. In fact, disdain is probably not a strong enough term. Given the naked hostility he regularly displays toward the press, antipathy is accurate and even hate really isn’t too far off. This is the same individual who openly admitted to wanting United States citizens to treat him as North Koreans treat their leader. Given his numerous, well documented attacks on the media (attacks with deep roots) it is not a huge leap of logic to assert that, based on his behavior over the last few years, that the forty-fifth President of the United States would prefer a state-run media, under the control of some branch, probably a new one with a catchy name like The Media Force. If the media were government controlled, one can easily imagine that new coverage of him would be far more favorable. Because favorable coverage, rather than honest, accurate truth telling is what the media should be about in his eyes.