North Korea’s most recent nuclear missile test on Sept. 3 – equivalent to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake – and the U.S. Government’s ramped-up rhetoric – exemplified by President Donald Trump promising “fire and fury” and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis portending a “massive military response” to further threats – have raised fears that the crisis could escalate to a nuclear war.
A museum dedicated to the freedom of expression – one of five freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – called the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a “strategic review” and may have to close due to financial difficulties, it was revealed last week.
The announcement, which coincided with the resignation of the museum’s president and CEO, received a mixed reception from the local media industry.
The U.S. media has become used to being derided as “fake news” by Donald Trump on Twitter. This week was no different, with the president blasting the “fake news media” and “truly bad people” in the wake of the killing of a protester at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, while he celebrated the return of his former chief strategist Steve Bannon to Breitbart: “Fake news needs the competition!”