Earning Honor, Respect

Cub Reporters, Long- Lost Relatives, and American Legion Values

By Ladson F. Mills III

‘We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.’— C. S. Lewis

Former reporter turned College of Charleston adjunct Communications Professor, Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann, recently derided President Donald Trump for his low opinion of reporters. In a Charleston, South Carolina “Post and Courier” editorial; “The President, not the press, is the enemy of the people” Lattimore-Volkmann’s argument appears less reasoned discourse than political partisanship.

To accept her conclusion that, ‘even a partially conflicted American public unable or unwilling to trust investigative news reports over its fact-deficient president Trump is eroding our democracy,’ would require overlooking inconvenient facts.

In May 2016 Obama administration official Ben Rhodes, well known for his close personal and philosophical ties to President Obama, revealed in a “New York Times” Magazine interview the Obama administration’s low opinion of the press:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns They literally know nothing…

President Trump’s view while bombastic is a less severe indictment. An adage that, “it is better to be kicked in the teeth than patted on the head” readily comes to mind.… Read More