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.
Just as Trump finishes at CPAC, WaPo Executive Editor Marty Baron releases statement standing by nine-source story: pic.twitter.com/iS1Gar0PIe
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) February 24, 2017
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.