Without Integrity and Courage, the Media is Useless

The First Amendment doesn’t work if journalists don’t possess integrity and courage.

Why is America divided, and in bad shape? Craven media.

Consider this clip from YouTube.com:

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” former CNBC reporter Melissa Francis talks about how executives at the network tried to silence her when she talked about Obamacare.

I applaud Melissa Francis for telling the truth now, but it would have been better if she’d continued to tell the truth in the past. Again, I commend her for admitting her failure today, but the only reason America exists is because our Founders put everything on the line at the moment of battle, and risked EVERYTHING.

Melissa Francis

[See also, “The Tainted Testimony the Media Gave Us on Ferguson.”]

The major problem is that virtually no one believes the truth is more important than himself or herself anymore. There is no ideal higher than personal peace and prosperity.

God help me if I ever care more about a label than the truth! As I told my boss again Monday afternoon: if I was not allowed to assess what comes before me each day with the opportunity to say “no” to cash, for the sake of not being part of lies, I could not live with myself.

Are there areas of my own integrity that make me cringe? Absolutely. I’m far, far, far from perfect, but I urge anyone who knows me as a friend to call me on it, anytime you see me failing to live up to what is right.

The only way we see this People reborn is if we hold each other accountable—and that includes the Press using its Constitutional freedom to “disrespect the Office of the Presidency” if the Office is being disrespected by the person holding it.

The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God. It’s a high ideal, and it is what made us great.