I spent last weekend with a few hundred enemies of the people.
The occasion was the Excellence in Journalism conference, where members of the profession gathered to recognize colleagues and learn new skills that might help them to do their jobs better.
Among the honorees was Stephen B. Shepard, founding dean emeritus of the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York. Shepard, who had been a top editor at both Newsweek and Business Week, was one of three individuals named as fellows of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In accepting his award, Shepard addressed the falling level of public trust in the news media.
“It would be easy to blame Donald Trump for our problems,” Shepard said. “He continues to label any story he doesn’t like as ‘fake news,’ and he has called the news media the ‘enemy of the American people.’ His attacks are outrageous, of course, and they