Jon Pessah, a founding editor of ESPN the Magazine, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, managed the sports departments for Newsday and the Hartford Courant, and edited, wrote, and ran the investigative team for ESPN the Magazine. He is also author of The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers.
He posted this on Facebook today. Reprinted with permission:
I never thought I would live to feel the day when I was afraid to write and talk in America. But that day has arrived, and it is every bit a frightening as I thought it would be. Think it’s hyperbolic? Read this story (“Wielding Claims of ‘Fake News,’ Conservatives Take Aim at Mainstream Media”) about how conservatives from Trump to the right-wing media are calling anything that goes against their agenda “fake news.” How many more steps do we take before fake news becomes crimes against the state?