COLLEGE PARK (11/12/18) — There’s no excuse for revoking the press credential of a White House correspondent, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism associate dean Rafael Lorente told WUSA 9 this past weekend.
Lorente (M.A. ’98), during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s treatment of journalists and the news organizations they represent, said it’s a reporter’s job to ask tough questions — especially when the questions are directed toward powerful people.
Last week, the Trump administration revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credential after a tense exchange during a White House news conference. Trump also called two reporters’ questions “racist” and “stupid” last week and frequently calls journalists “the enemy of the American people.”
“It’s incredible to watch the president of the United States attack journalists, attack journalism, attack one of the very foundations of our democracy,” Lorente told WUSA 9. “I think we talk a lot about freedom of the press, this is about democracy. We don’t have democracy without freedom of the press.”
Before being named associate dean for academic affairs, Lorente was director of Merrill College’s Capital News Service bureaus in Washington and Annapolis.
He is a former reporter with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald.
Alexander A. Pyles