This is a talk by Timothy Snyder, historian at Yale, about why the press matters.

Dear Reporters, Investigative Journalists, Fact Checkers, Columnists, Bloggers, First Amendment Practitioners and Supporters,

The acknowledged cold-blooded murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and critic of the Saudi regime should outrage everyone who values the First Amendment and the rule of law. Columnists and editorial writers have noted how President Trump’s attacks on journalists and facts and love of authoritarian heads of state have helped to create the poisonous atmosphere that allows haters of a free expression to feel licensed to intimidate, imprison and kill.

If you haven’t yet seen it, take a few minutes to watch Yale Holocaust historian Timothy Snyder’s talk, “Reporters, the Heroes of Our Time,” which was posted in March 2018, but is most timely at this time: “Without the people who seek facts, we can forget about justice, freedom, and equality”:

The attachment has links to many of his talks on events since the 2016 U.S. election.


Erich Martel

Retired Wash., DC high school history teacher

(1969-2011: Cardozo HS, Wilson HS, Phelps ACE HS)