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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Media editors criticize Donald Trump and his ignorance of First Amendment

Obviously, the only person who candidate Donald Trump wants to have as a beneficiary of free speech is his narcissistic self.

Associated Press Media Editors condemn Republican candidate Donald Trump blacklist of media when he is challenged or criticized by the news coverage.

Hypocritical Second Amendment zealots throw around the words in the US Constitution, as though this particular law was the only subject the Founding Fathers seemed to care about. Yet, I doubt many of the rabid "secondamenders" have even read the Constitution. '
In fact: 

US Constitution First Amendment (in other words, the first law the authors and Founding Fathers wrote):

The Associated Press Media Editors have called Donald Trump to abide by the Constitution's First Amendment law.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Now, candidate Donald Trump has decided to trump the First Amendment by denying Freedom of Speech to people and media outlets with which he disagrees. Listen up candidate Trump, you can't endorse the Second Amendment but then ignore the First one.

Donald Trump has revoked the press credentials of The Washington Post and barred multiple major news organizations from rallies and campaign events, while working to become the nation’s next president. This shows a fundamental lack of understanding of the rights of a free press, as established in the First Amendment.

The press has an obligation to provide vigorous, thorough and accurate coverage of anyone running for the office of U.S. president. And candidates have an obligation to allow uniform media access to their events, regardless of whether coverage conforms to their wishes.

The Associated Press Media Editors joins other major news leadership organizations in condemning this affront to the democratic process and the very principles on which our nation was founded. We urge the Republican Party and its presumptive presidential nominee to abandon these sanctions and allow full access to all media outlets to protect the public’s right to know.
Some other journalism organizations speaking out are the Society of Professional Journalists and American Society of News Editors


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