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Newseum Boss: Journalism in Jeopardy Under Trump

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Monday, 05 Jun 2017 01:00 PM

The chief executive of the Newseum, a journalism and First Amendment museum in Washington, D.C., says the press faces a growing crisis under President Donald Trump.

"My biggest fear in the United States is delegitimization of journalists," Jeffrey Herbst told The Guardian.

"This has been occurring over a long period of time: trust in the media has eroded in the United States for 20 years, partially because of complaints about the media …

"But obviously in the [2016] campaign and since then, due to the attacks by the president, while some people have rallied around journalists, I think it's also caused this crisis of legitimization to increase."

Herbst said he worries that as a society, people will no longer "be able to agree on even the facts because we don't trust anyone who's reporting them.

"If you agree on the same facts, but disagree on where they lead you, that's called regular political debate, but if you disagree on the facts themselves, that's much worse."

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The chief executive of the Newseum, a journalism and First Amendment museum in Washington, D.C., says the press faces a growing crisis under President Donald Trump.
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