“The first Amendment to the US Constitution, says that, ‘Congress shall make no law…abridging (limiting) the freedom of speech, or of the Press…’Freedom of speech is the liberty to speak openly without fear of government restraint,” according to Wikipedia.
Last Friday President Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer prohibited several news outlets from participating in the daily press briefing. Included in this banned group were reporters for; The New York Times, CNN, Politico and BuzzFeed and most of the foreign press. Earlier, Friday morning, the President had spoken to the Conservative Political Action Conference and said that, ‘Many of these groups are part of large media corporations that have their own agenda. And it is not your agenda and it’s not the countries agenda, it’s their own agenda.’
The President said, ‘Fake News Media’ the ‘enemy of the people,’ and he listed NBC news along with ABC, CBS, The New York Times and CNN, according to VOX.
President Trump contended shortly after his Inauguration that he would have won the popular vote if it had not been for three to five million illegal votes.
The President states that his Inauguration crowd was much larger than former President Obama’s.
President Trump says that our court system threatens our national security.
The President publicly condemned Nordstrom’s Department for ceasing to carry his daughter, Ivanka’s, Fashion line.
The President signed an Executive Order, banning entry to the United States of all citizens from seven predominately muslim countries, that was temporarily blocked by a Seattle Judge. Trump referred to the Judge as a ‘so called judge.’
President Trump,’ suggested that Fredrick Douglass is still alive in speech on Black History Month,’ according to New York Magazine.
The President says that we may once again have the opportunity to confiscate Iraq’s oil.
‘ High-level advisers close to then presidential nominee Donald Trump were in constant communication during the campaign with Russians known to US intelligence, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials tell CNN.’
President Trump has said repeatedly that he supports torture of military captives.
‘ Watergate was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s, following a break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington D.C. in 1972 and President Richard Nixon’s administration’s attempted cover-up of its involvement. When the conspiracy was discovered and investigated by the US Congress, the Nixon administration’s resistance to its probes led to a constitutional crisis,’ according to Wikipedia.
If it had not been for the dogged determination of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s investigative reporting on Watergate it would never have been revealed.
I watched the televised Watergate Hearings that Senator Sam Ervin chaired.
I heard Senator Howard Baker ask the now historic question, ‘what did the president know and when did he know it?’
National Security Advisor Mike Flynn was fired by the President for telling the Vice President that he did not discuss the Obama Sanctions against Russia with Russian Officials before Trump took office.
Policy Advisor to the President, Steve Bannon, says that the press is the opposition party.
The President says that the press is the enemy of the people.
I remember watching Dan Rather reporting under fire in Vietnam…as did many of his colleagues…to bring the American people the news.
I remember Walter Cronkite reporting that the Vietnam War was not going to be won by us and that we should seek peace with honor…he was telling us the truth.
Woodward and Bernstein told us the truth about Watergate in spite of the Saturday Night Massacre and the constant dirty tricks and enemies list compiled by the Nixon White House.
When a leader tells you that , ‘I am not a crook’…’Trust Me’…’Believe Me’…you need the Free Press!