It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is not a fan of the mainstream media or the many journalists and reporters who make up its ranks.
Trump temporarily reversed his hardline stance against the media by signing off recently on a bill that will allow the construction of a memorial on federal lands that will honor fallen journalists.
The bill, known as H.R. 3465, “authorizes the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land in commemoration of America’s commitment to a free press as represented by journalists who sacrificed their lives in service to that cause.”
After the bill was signed into law by the president, chairman David Dreier of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation, wrote in a statement that the bill “will honor the reporters, photojournalists, producers, editors and others who have died while performing their jobs as journalists.”
Dreier went on to talk about the number of journalists who are attacked, imprisoned and killed each year, saying “No matter the circumstances of their deaths, these journalists and their sacrifices deserve to be remembered by a free society that values a free press.”
According to The DC Post, the bill was passed in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in September, with a unanimous Senate vote in early December. It was originally introduced in bipartisan fashion, by Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK).
One of the most egregious attacks on journalists on American soil took place in 2018 in the Annapolis, Maryland newsroom of the Capital Gazette. Five reporters lost their lives after a Maryland man by the name of Jarrod Ramos entered the newsroom with a firearm and began shooting.
Trump may have his issues with many in the mainstream press, but signing H.R. 3465 into law made it crystal clear that he recognizes the sacrifices made by many in the profession.