NEW JERSEY -- Bill Ritter, Anchor of Eyewitness News on WABC-TV in the New York Metro Area, recently appeared on One-On-One with Steve Adubato. Adubato asked Ritter his thoughts about the president referring to journalists and members of the media as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.”
“Our goal is to report facts and seek the truth wherever they fall and for someone to say that is scary to me,” Ritter said. “We cannot accept that as a democracy.”
Ritter, who worked in journalism in his native California prior to becoming the founding co-host of "Good Morning America/Sunday” in 1992, started at Eyewitness News in 1998. He has been the anchor of Eyewitness News’ 6pm and 11pm broadcast since 2001.
“I believe that people who are journalists are really engaged in trying to find the facts,” Ritter said. “That’s an honorable part of defending and protecting this democracy.”
Ritter described a recent visit to the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Auschwitz exhibit. “We cannot go down that road,” he said.
“I do not take it personally,” said Ritter, “but as a person, it scares the heck out of me.” Ritter added, “We just have to keep doing our job.”