CNN recently published an opinion piece that compares the sacrifice of members of the media to that of American soldiers.
“We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should. But we should also thank the media for the same reason -- especially when the stakes have never been higher,” Notre Dame professor Joseph Holt wrote for CNN.
Unsurprisingly, the article was blasted nationwide on social media.
None of the takedowns were more scathing than the one that came from Marine veteran Dave Brooks.
“Let’s start with the obvious point. The vast majority of journalists didn’t sign up to protect our nation and values,” Brooks began.
He continued, “This professor wasn’t even talking about journalists who do put themselves in harm’s way. He was talking about White House reporters who go to the press briefings and instead of asking questions, they pull out a soapbox and deliver sermons until Sarah Sanders shuts them down.”
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Brooks went on to say journalists could actually learn a lot about humility from America’s military heroes.
“A lot of us are very awkward talking about our service. Many of us, myself included, never saw themselves in the line of fire. Never had to fire their weapon in combat,” he said."The difference being is that a lot of these journalists out there right now, especially those White House reporters who want to grandstand and make the stories all about themselves, they could take a lesson from that.”
Right now, journalists are clamoring to be “thanked" and “praised,” which isn’t what the job is supposed to be about.
“That’s the problem right now, is that these journalists that are wanting to be thanked that go out and seek the self-adulation, have fragile egos and a self inflated sense of worth,” Brooks added.