Freedom Under Assault, Deafening Silence From Conservatives In Washington

By L Adrianna

Just one day after Steve Bannon unveils Trump’s economic nationalist agenda at CPAC, the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution falls under direct assault by Donald Trump, who banned media organizations of his choice from attending Sean Spicer’s Q & A session.

The media ban followed this mid-morning tweet defending against President Trump’s claims that a report about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with a Russian ambassador was “fake news.”

The Washington post executive editor, Marty Baron made the following statement, “Everything we published regarding General Flynn was true, as confirmed by subsequent events and on-the-record statements from administration officials themselves.”

“The story led directly to the general’s dismissal as national security adviser. Calling press reports fake doesn’t make them so,” added Baron.

During his Friday afternoon speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Trump did not mention Flynn by name but talked about his problems with a story that had nine sources as he continued his attacks on the media.

“There are no nine people. I don’t believe there was one or two people,” Trump said.

“And I said, ‘Give me a break,’ because I know the people. I know who they talk to. There were no nine people. But they say nine people. And somebody reads it and they think, ‘Oh, nine people, they have nine sources.’ They make up sources. They’re very dishonest people.”

Then, this news story broke later Friday afternoon, following Trump’s CPAC speech:

“BREAKING: The White House has banned a number of news outlets including CNN, the New York Times, and the BBC from attending a briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer following negative coverage of President Trump.”

The 1st Amendment is impartial. Whether or not you or Donald Trump agree with or like the media is irrelevant. Freedom of the press SHALL NOT be abridged.

If Obama had banned Fox News from a White House press event, conservatives would be in the streets of Washington with pitchforks. And, conservative members of Congress would be leading the charge. But, because the President bears an “R” beside his name, there is deafening silence from conservative leaders on Capitol Hill.

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8 comments

  1. Someone needs to be minding the store on Capitol Hill before all of us Americans are robbed of EVERYTHING !!!…..another eye-opening piece thank you Lita

  2. I worked in publishing for 30 years … and am still speechless and horrified by this. It occurred to me that maybe those reporters allowed into the briefing should have all walked out together in protest. But of course with the likes of Breitbart there, that wasn’t going to happen.

  3. What President “Thin-skin” Trump has done is clearly against the law, and if he does not reverse this immediately, I sincerely hope and pray that the media will stand strong and united together and keep producing facts. Keep him accountable by sharing this article and any other that point to the Constitution. Media should never have to report their sources and this real reason he wants to know them is to ruin their lives. Hold our elected officials accountable for Trump’s action’s and remind them that we all are willing to vote them out. They are useless to this country for not standing for the law. They will want the media when the time comes, and when it does, we, again, should remind them of their current position. What I saw and heard from Trump yesterday is him killing of our liberties. The “wait and see how he works out as President” time is OVER. Good article, Lita! Thank you for speaking the truth!

    1. Thank you Debbye!! Very well said. And, I agree we must stand firmly united to prevent the destruction of liberty in America. #Defend1A ?

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