The 2019 Cronkite Award: How Should a Free Press Respond?

Lear Center director Marty Kaplan opened the 2019 Walter Cronkite Awards for Excellence in Television Political Journalism with these stirring words:

“What’s it like to be a journalist in times like these? Political norms like civility, accountability, even the rule of law, are now in play. When the news media are called “the enemy of the people”; when facts are untethered from reality; when the mugging of an election and the murder of a columnist by foreign powers are shrugged off as false positives — when that’s the new normal, how should a free press respond? If the responsibility of journalism is to speak truth to power, what should it speak to a circus?

WATCH This Year’s Winners’ Remarks from the Ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.