I guess I am not a big fan of losing. I have never taken losing well. Whether it was being on a winless flag football team and losing in the first round of pee-wee playoffs or losing a race on the track against an All-American, I just never took losing well. Even when I was supposed to lose, it still frustrated me more than anything in the world.
I guess that is why this internship in Washington, D.C. has become so important to conquer. For the next six and a half weeks, I will be interning under U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH). This is not the position I saw myself to be in during the early summer of 2017 – but here I am, sitting in my bed just a few blocks from District of Columbia’s downtown social haven.
After having dinner with Congressman Ryan, his family, and close colleagues this past January, I have seen just how much of an emotional impact his life took after Donald Trump’s November election victory. Just by talking to him, one could tell that he is a man on a mission, fighting for his party and his congressional district in Northeast Ohio.
After his January loss against Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for House Democratic leader in an effort to alter the course of the blue party, Ryan has continually spoken out against Trump and his childish tenacities. Ryan has disagreed with Trump about nearly everything; Trump’s refusal to invest in clean-energy and his administration’s consideration to eliminate the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
I believe that it’s safe to say Tim hates losing, too.
Over the next few weeks I plan to gain a better understanding for what is really happening in the highest office in the land. What is the Democratic Party’s real plan to taking down Trump and his policies? Is there a plan at all?
By watching any news station (go ahead, pick your poison), you would think it is a disaster in Washington. With what the news media feeds us on a daily basis, it is easy to see why people think it is a mess in Washington.
And that is just our problem. We don’t really know the truth and we don’t really have an understanding for it because we are hearing it from fabricated organizations that are trying to have a more compelling story than their rival networks.
As a journalism major at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, it has frustrated me beyond repair how many times I have seen cable networks try to battle each other. There is no truth to their struggles.
I have tried to trust each and every network as I tried to understand why they were all so damn opinionated. Every single news anchor has their opinion, and in the past year it was heard loud and clear into the ears of every American man and woman. God, I hope they didn’t listen.
My profession is filled with liars, cheats, wannabe entertainers, and false advertisers. Every day I am thankful for picking up my double-major to also earn my bachelor’s degree in political science. Because then maybe I don’t have to deal with journalists trying to oust their competition rather than tell the truth. They hate losing, too.
Journalism is dead. Not because writing or poetry or storytelling is dead, but because the truth is.
For the first time in my writing career, I get to explore the inside. I will be able to form my own opinion from seeing everything first-hand. This is my story in Washington, this is my opinionated truth.