From The Washington Post:
Let history, not partisans, prosecute
A Trump truth tribunal is not the answer. Preserving presidential records is.‘The most humane and reasonable way to deal with all these people, if we survive this, is some kind of truth and reconciliation commission,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes tweeted this month, about anti-maskers in the Trump administration. Days later, NPR ran a story about the possibility of a post-Trump truth and reconciliation commission. This is a terrible idea...
In the end, the strongest argument against either criminal trials or a truth tribunal, should Biden win, is that it would let the Democratic Party and every other institution that is not the Republican Party off the hook for driving the nation into a flaming cauldron. The left is keen to blame the right. But what the nation needs, pretty urgently, is self-reflection, not only from Republicans but also from establishment Democrats and progressives and liberals and journalists and educators and activists and social media companies and, honestly, everyone.
There have been calls on the left for a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate Trump when he is out of office. Jill Lepore argues quite eloquently that this would be a bad idea: https://t.co/xKtLXKNvz1— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 18, 2020
...the one thing Democrats and Republicans agree on is that the news media are not trustworthy...
In short, the climate for freedom of the press in the U.S. feels more ominous than it has for decades. One appropriate response is to protest vociferously and seek the passage of a federal shield law for journalists. But it's also crucial for us to reflect on why this is happening now -- and a major reason, I think, is that we in the news media are widely perceived as arrogant, out of touch and untrustworthy.
Unless we can recover the public trust, our protests about reporters' going to jail will come across as self-serving whining. And we'll wake up one day to find ourselves on the wrong side of history.