WAVE 3 News Editorial - May 30, 2017: Freedom of the Press

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Reporters are not "cicadas", "snarky losers" or "pathetic" as they have been called by Kentucky's Governor, or a "disgrace," "incompetent," or "dishonest," as they were called by the President.

The Texas Governor joked about shooting reporters, a congressional candidate in Montana was charged with assaulting a reporter, and FCC security guards ejected a reporter from a meeting for asking questions and the reporter said he was manhandled by them. It is unclear the intent of the person who shot out windows of the Lexington Herald-Leader's press room.

All of this happened this month - the same one World Press Freedom Day is celebrated.

>> Click for previous WAVE 3 News Editorials

Our democracy protects a free press. The First Amendment is a founding bedrock of our society. When reporters are prevented from doing their jobs, the public loses and American freedom is threatened.

We encourage everyone to challenge reporters respectfully in a civil way. We encourage leaders to be accessible to their constituencies and forthright in answering questions.

Journalists should not be ignored or threatened for simply trying to do their jobs.

Copyright 2017 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.