Over 22,000 Urge Media: 'Stop Ignoring Pence's Culpability'

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Over 22,000 Urge Media: 'Stop Ignoring Pence's Culpability'

WASHINGTON -  More than 22,000 people have signed a petition urging major U.S. media to stop ignoring Mike Pence's culpability.

The petition, found at RootsAction.org, reads:

"Vice President Mike Pence has established a pattern of false statements, misdirection, and blind obedience to Donald Trump. It is time to aggressively scrutinize his statements and actions."

The petition will be delivered to ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major news outlets. 

Many petition signers responded to a mass email from RootsAction.org asserting that Pence has largely escaped scrutiny for his role in the Trump team’s dishonesty and obstruction -- including Pence’s false statements on the firing of FBI Director Comey and the tenure of Michael Flynn as national security advisor. Flynn was hired despite public and private warnings about Flynn’s lobbying for Turkish interests while Pence led the Trump transition. 

RootsAction.org cofounder Jeff Cohen said today: “The petition reflects frustration on the part of U.S. citizens and news consumers that Pence is getting a pass from mainstream media. Through his false assertions and skillful misdirection, Pence has been indispensible to the Trump campaign and presidency since July of last year.” 

A free and independent press is essential to the health of a functioning democracy

Cohen, an associate professor of journalism, added: “Trump has a huge and volatile personality that attracts media attention, but journalists need to remember that Pence is just a heartbeat away.”  The RootsAction email acknowledged that some exceptional mainstream news reports have occasionally given proper focus to Pence’s role.

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Action for a Progressive Future (the organization that runs RootsAction) is a nonprofit, progressive, public policy advocacy group that will engage citizens in the democratic process and help make sure legislators hear their voices.

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