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Loyalty Day is May 1.
Let’s reaffirm OUR principles

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Blog, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments


by John Bowen

Loyalty Day is Monday, May 1.

First observed in 1921 because of threats from subversive influence, it has been a legally designated holiday since 1958 and observed by every president since then, reports Esquire.

President Donald Trump said its purpose, according to Mic, was to protect against those who would do the United States harm, and according to Fox News, “to recognize and reaffirm our allegiance to the principles” that are America’s heritage..

For journalists, groups that do harm might include:
• Those who perpetuate fake news
• Those who lie to newsmedia and to the public
• Those who interfere with the news media’s quest for truthful, accurate and thorough reporting
• Those who would censor journalists, at any level, and thus misinform or disinform citizens’ rights to know

Journalists are not enemies of the state. Not May 1 or any of 364 other days.


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