Sunday, November 27, 2016

Amanpour: "We must fight against the normalization of what is unacceptable"

She received the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Her speech below was inspiring. A few excerpts:

"[It's time to] recommit to robust, fact-based reporting, without fear or without favor, on the issues."

"I learned a long, long time ago...never to equate victim and aggressor. Never to create a false moral or factual equivalence...So I believe in being truthful, not neutral. And I believe we must stop banalizing the truth. We have to be prepared to fight especially hard right now for the truth."

"I was chilled when [Trump's] first tweet after the election was about professional protesters incited by the media. First the media is accused of inciting, then sympathizing, then associating. And then suddenly they find themselves accused of being full-fledged terrorists and subversives. And then they end up in handcuffs, in cages, in kangaroo courts, in prisons, and then who knows what."

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