Social media users blasted CNN for running an opinion piece that equates journalists with soldiers, calling the network out for "minimizing the true sacrifice of our armed forces.”
Joseph Holt, a University of Notre Dame professor of ethics, wrote a piece condemning President Trump’s repeated labeling of the press as the “enemy of the people.” While he acknowledges that journalists make mistakes, he also says at its best, the press “is like a guardian angel that caringly and capably protects us from harm.”
Ultimately, he concludes that because of this, they are just like soldiers.
“We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should,” he said. “But we should also thank the media for the same reason -- especially when the stakes have never been higher.”
The backlash was swift: