President-elect needs to act with dignity office demands

'Call the Tune' by Mike Anthony

By Mike Anthony

It’s time for President-elect Donald Trump to start acting presidential.

Like it or not, he will take the oath of office for our nation’s highest elected post on Friday, Jan. 20.

But if he truly wants to unite this country and “Make America Great Again,” he needs to start acting presidential and behave with the dignity that the office demands.

For months leading up to the election, President-elect Trump tweeted comments about the “very dishonest media.”

And he continues to do so.

Consider this Dec. 5 tweet: “If the press would cover me accurately & honorably, I would have far less reason to ‘tweet.’ Sadly, I don’t know if that will ever happen!”

It’s hard to believe President-elect Trump doesn’t have better ways to spend his time, as such tweets are a personal affront to honest and hard-working members of the media simply trying to do their jobs.

It’s an affront to this newspaper, which has a great group of people working extremely hard every day to continue to make the Call a success.

Certainly some members of the media have been found to be dishonest. But the number of dishonest journalists is minuscule compared to the number of corrupt and dishonest politicians.

Just pick up a newspaper, watch television, listen to the radio or surf the internet. Reports of corrupt and dishonest politicians are practically a daily occurrence.

Even some U.S. presidents have been dishonest.

This isn’t a partisan issue. Quite frankly, we’re appalled that Democrat Hillary Clinton and President-elect Trump, a Republican, are the cream of the crop of their respective parties.

Both are flawed individuals. But the election is over and President-elect Trump has won.

Continuing to take social-media potshots at people he disagrees with is unbecoming of the office. No one forced him to seek the presidency.

President-elect Trump’s actions, de-meanor, Cabinet picks, tweets and so forth are fair game to be reported on, analyzed and criticized or praised in editorials by the media.

We believe every American — even those who didn’t vote for President-elect Trump — wants this country to continue to be a success.

But demeaning individuals, companies and the media on Twitter can only serve to undermine the public’s confidence in the president-elect’s ability to do the job.