‘How arrogant!’ CNN excoriated for shameless op-ed comparing journos to soldiers

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CNN came under heavy backfire after publishing an op-ed by a Notre Dame professor who compared journalists to soldiers.

Joseph Holt argued in the piece which was published Friday that the press is the “protector” not  the “enemy” of the people, as President Donald Trump has remarked.

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Quoting Thomas Jefferson among others, the ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame touted the “professionalism” of CNN journalists, likening members of the media to “guardian angel[s]” and “soldiers.”

“The press stands vigilantly as a bulwark against tyranny and the falsehoods that feed it,” Holt wrote. “Far from being the enemy of the people, the press at its best is like a guardian angel that caringly and capably protects us from harm.”

Holt noted the role of mainstream media is a “revealer of truths that some of those in power, for their own selfish reasons, would like to keep hidden,” ironically pointing out the “demanding code of journalistic ethics to be responsible for the accuracy and fairness of their statements.”

But it was Holt’s final comments that set off a firestorm of criticism.

“We thank soldiers for their service because they devote themselves to protecting our freedoms, and we should,” he concluded. “But we should also thank the media for the same reason — especially when the stakes have never been higher.”

Holt was immediately slammed for the comparison and CNN was blasted for printing the piece.

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