Donald Trump put a target on the backs of journalists since his 2015 rallies where he physically pointed them out as "fake news". He's hasn't missed an opportunity to denigrate them repeatedly throughout his tenure. He has systematically been undermining the checks and balances between the three branches of government. Without reporters keeping us abreast of what is happening in D.C., we could lose our democracy. Someone needs to be keeping us informed in real time. The journalists who are out in the streets give us that necessary, eye-witness coverage. If they are being shot at with rubber bullets or tear gas, we should know that. They should be protected. Transparency is necessary in a democracy, and that's what real journalists provide.