See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Jennifer Granholm on Trump: 'We should all be alarmed if there is no transparency'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:05 PM


Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm was on CNN correspondent Van Jones' show "The Messy Truth" Wednesday evening to discuss a slew of topics ranging from gun violence in Chicago to Obama's legacy. One topic however struck a cord with us in the newsroom: the role of the media during the Trump administration.

A guest from the audience asked Granholm how Trump's relationship with the media will affect how American's search for the truth for the next 4 years.



In case you missed it, President-elect Trump held his first press conference since July on Wednesday afternoon and he got into a heated exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta. Trump told Acosta that CNN was "fake news" while Acosta questioned Trump. You can read a very fleshed out report from The New York Times here that explains why Trump thinks CNN is "fake news." 

Granholm's response to the question was very simple and clear: "We should all be alarmed if there is no transparency."

Granholm said there is an "effort to create an alternative channel of media to define what media is good and what media is bad by the incoming Trump administration." She goes on to talk about how the media is an "arm of democracy" and how Trump still needs to release his tax returns.

The entire clip is worth a watch, but the question about the media gets brought up at the 5:40 mark.

Granholm finishes her remarks up by saying that the media needs access so that the public can stay informed. If the media is not allowed to question Trump and make him a transparent figure, then what is the point of the media at all?  

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 14, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit