Beth Am Series Explores the Endangerment of the Free Press

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By Aliza Friedlander

David Simon doesn’t mince words when discussing President Donald Trump’s disdain for the media. He calls it “the rhetoric of straight-up fascism.”

“It’s beyond anything even the most frustrated American president has ever indulged in,” says Simon, 57, a former Baltimore Sun reporter and creator of such acclaimed TV shows as “The Wire” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” “Even at the height of his alienation from the press, Richard Nixon never got to that point. He never declared reporters to be the enemy of the state. We had to leave that for this man.”

On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, Simon will kick off a four-part speakers series at Reservoir Hill’s historic Beth Am Synagogue titled “Press Freedoms Under Siege: The First Amendment & the Jewish Commandments.”

Read about the series of talks from our friends over at Jmore.

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