Mourners gathered in Annapolis to honor the five employees who were killed Thursday in a shooting at the Capital Gazette newsroom. Their names are Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun video)

Attack — not watch — dog

In the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s editorial, “Mr. President, press not enemy — it’s America’s watchdog,” published today by the Orlando Sentinel, editors profess to be the nation's watchdog. I believe that to be a misnomer, as it seems more appropriate to claim to be the nation's attack dog.

The "free press" prints only the vitriol to support its blind hatred of the president. If the press believes it is disrespected now, it is nothing compared to what the press will have to tolerate when an all-encompassing regime, which the press seems to desire, dictates every word that is printed.

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I would have no problem with the "free press" the Sun Sentinel espouses, if it printed the truth (substantiated facts) rather than personal opinion designed to achieve its political agenda.

John Wentworth Montverde

Trump right to call out press

Wah! Wah! Wah! So the Orlando Sentinel’s sister paper, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, thinks the press is America’s watchdog, eh? That becomes hard to believe when CNN and MSNBC call the president a fascist and a Nazi, showing no respect for the office, much less the person holding it.

If the press is America’s watchdog, where is the hue and cry over Hillary Clinton’s illegal and unsecured email server she used as secretary of state? Where is the investigation into Christopher Steele’s phony dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump and the fact that, through several cut-outs, it was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, then used as the basis for a FISA warrant to spy on the opposing campaign?

The media, almost to a man but certainly including the major broadcasting networks, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and The New York Times, have never been able to accept Donald Trump as the president of the United States.

Don’t shed crocodile tears because the president calls out the media on their bias.

Richard H. Gleick Maitland

Let’s all calm down

We live in a very political and divisive society, which started before Donald Trump became president of the United States. I always try to look at both sides openly and without any bias toward anyone. Yes, the president’s rhetoric and tone can be very divisive, but the majority of the press has become very political and one-sided over the past 15 to 20 years.

What happened to just reporting the news and both sides of the political aisle? Since when do journalists ask the press secretary of the president, “When is President Trump going to step down?” and shout out insults after insults at the press secretary.

I think we all need to calm down a bit, especially the politicians and some journalists who are inciting violence toward others who have different political beliefs than they do.

Connie Scott Apopka

Newspapers going the way of blacksmiths

Clearly the days of the "traditional" newspaper are numbered. Americans understand that the press now wishes to shape national political policy, not just report on it. What is really interesting is how little the media respect the average citizen’s ability to see and understand what newspapers in particular are tying to do. All the nation’s newspapers can band together and cry about the bully Trump and his feelings toward fake news. Sometimes, though, the bully is correct.

It’s sad that those who control what is printed don't realize we have many other sources of the truth. Newspapers as a monopoly are finished. Newspaper readership grows smaller each year. Soon the newspaper will go the path of the local blacksmith.

Soon, when you are standing at the graveyard of the Orlando Sentinel and hundreds of others like it, the Sentinel should reflect on how its liberal ideas killed it in a conservative nation.

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Bruce White Sanford

President Trump, the press isn’t the ‘enemy’ — it’s America's watchdog

The Orlando Sentinel and its sister news organization in the state, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, are joining others across the country to call on President Trump to stop his assault on the free press.

Press for the truth

I just finished reading the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s editorial, published today in the Orlando Sentinel, regarding President Trump and fake news. This has been a very touchy subject for me. It brings back history when a leader of a country did the same — except he called it "Lügenpresse." I see so many similarities with the current political climate. The problem is that people will start believing that the press is lying and the news is fake. Then the political divide will become even greater. I do not know the solution. But I do hope that the media will continue to press for the truth.

This country will divide itself further and start blaming certain societies for f the problems we are experiencing in the United States. At one point, it was the Jews, gypsies and gays — and the list kept growing. Now it is the undocumented, black and Muslims ... and the list will grow again. I do hope that we do not finish like the last time this happened in history.

Bill Leaton Winter Springs

Who’s the enemy?

The South Florida Sun Sentinel editorial in the Orlando Sentinel today — “Mr. President, press not 'enemy' — it's America's watchdog” — was a response to the president's ill-conceived attacks on the press. The president's attacks are imprudent because, for one thing, the press, often known as the Fourth Estate, was thought to be so necessary by the Founding Fathers that it was guaranteed by the First Amendment.

The press has not been without controversy since its inception. However it has always been a necessary part of and byproduct of our cherished freedom. The adage “perfection is the enemy of good” comes to mind as the mainstream press is held to standards (like never erring) to which the president finds it unnecessary to adhere.

In my opinion, the president is not the cause but a symptom of our division, something like a pimple is a symptom of impurities under the skin. I feel that the president is the result of the underlying infection of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News.

Fox has for years attacked our government and mainstream media. The mainstream media has defended itself, and tried to remain fair and balanced as they are consistently attacked and labeled biased. Defensive editorials by the mainstream media, while well-intentioned, will not counteract the attacks of the Fox syndicate.

If the press is truly a watchdog, then maybe it should start barking at the “Fox” in our America's henhouse?

Maloey Jones Orlando Sentinel Editorial Advisory Board, Clermont

The press is the enemy of average Americans

I read with some amusement the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s editorial, published in today’s Orlando Sentinel, claiming the press is not the enemy. As a Florida resident and voter and someone who spends a lot of time in Orlando, I, too, believe the press is the enemy of the average American and Donald J. Trump.

Since the day he announced his candidacy, the mainstream media have been after him. Little he has achieved is reported, but there is a constant barrage of reporting on Russia collusion that has not been proved in spite of the cost of millions. This has become sickening.

The behavior of reporters in the daily press briefings of the White House reminds me of the children in the grocery store when Mom says no to a desired item. Even the once-great Orlando Sentinel has sunk to a low by blasting Republicans with little to say about the misdeeds of liberals. It seems to me the Sentinel reports very little on the straight community while praising the LGBTQ/“gender confused” community.

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If the media want to be respected as a news source that is trusted, then get back to reporting the news rather than becoming the news. I read the Orlando Sentinel every day and see the slanted reporting, which is not the news readers deserve. Do your work correctly and show respect toward our elected leaders — local, state, and federal — and you may once again be less of an enemy to the people.

Charles Brown Jacksonville

Nixon is Trump’s idol

Without a free press, and by this I mean free to investigate and challenge the version of events presented by authority, Richard Nixon would have finished out his term as a hero. Nixon, as we discovered, was far from being a hero, (even though he had strong support at the time), and I am confident that most Americans, thanks to the press, will discover that Donald Trump is even farther from achieving hero status than his idol.

Jeff Wesevich via Facebook

Political operatives

“Free to investigate” ?? What a joke. For eight years, the supine press kissed Obama’s feet while he weaponized the IRS, DOJ and FBI. They are a cabal of political operatives.

Don Madden via Facebook

Don’t expect objectivity

The "press" is a business. The owners of those corporations have agendas, like all other humans. Just don't expect objectivity. Deal with it.

Creed Halbert via Facebook

Trump is clear, present danger

Trump's game plan is to accuse others of being or doing the bad things he is being or doing. He said Hillary was crooked, but Trump is crooked to the core. He calls the press the enemy of the people, but Trump is a clear and present danger to the people.

Andy Richardson via Facebook

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