It is no secret that we turn to the news nowadays with a sliver of anxiety that what we are viewing is void of truth. One of the latest examples of this phenomenon is Biden’s campaign advisers requesting several mainstream networks, including NBC, CNN, Fox, and ABC to remove Rudy Giuliani from their programming. This is under the claim that harmful false information will be spread about Biden in regard to his son’s business affairs in Ukraine. While I’m not in the least bit surprised to hear of such a demand, it is still quite the lofty favor.
I completely agree that any rhetoric Trump or his slew ring of advisers, including Giuliani, toss at us is faulty aggrandizement of Trump. Anyone who decides to carefully analyze their intake of news is well aware of this, and I tend to consider myself sensitive to these undertones of media. It is precisely for this reason that I would be sad to see Giuliani taken off the air. Ultimately, we would be silencing a voice that is externalizing the not-so-subtle strategies and ideas of the Trump administration as it faces impeachment. By silencing Giuliani, we would be creating a dangerous divide between the American people and the President, no matter how unintelligible and childish he decides to be.
I must address the elephant here: what about the “average” American who relies solely on televised news for the formation of their beliefs? Of course, the “silent majority” terrified me after the 2016 election. It seems as if a “rights in conflict” question is beginning to form, in that it would seem to be crossing the fault line toward censorship if Giuliani were cut. It is a right, not a privilege, for the voice of our President to be heard, no matter how misleading or abashing it may be. I am most certainly not suggesting that we “suck it up,” but I would say that once we weigh the impact of one man’s words on an already diminishing base for Trump, leaving Giuliani on the roster would be tolerable.
Perhaps this can be thought of as a circumstantial issue. For one thing, in the miraculous case that Giuliani’s words were to sway a significant amount of the questioning voter demographic, there really is only one candidate who would be sacrificed. Although this would not be ideal, I'm convinced that there exist other electable Democrats. We should constantly be taking stock of the polling numbers, and at this instant, I believe that we are in a comfortable position. Keep in mind that the prospect of impeachment looms. Be it very slim, there is some hope that nothing will come to matter in 2020, with regards to Trump, should the House follow through with the recent inquiry.
It is my desire that we all assume the position of the questioner. As college students, it is our duty to be critical of whoever is on the national stage and to be informed of what will best serve us in the future. This means doing research, viewing the different angles of each issue, and using reflection and logic. This presumption of us youth bedrocks my entire take on the Giuliani conflict.