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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Orange Man Donald Trump and Freedom of the Press

Orange Man Donald Trump has announced he did not like what the Washington Post had to say about him so he is banning Washington Post reporters from Trump campaign events. Here we are in a free society with first amendment rights and freedom of expression but if the Orange Man does not like what you write, you are out.  The Orange Man has banned various other media outlets and reporters over the last year, including:

Washington Post
Huffington Post
Foreign Policy
Fusion, Univision
Mother Jones
New Hampshire Union Leader
Des Moines Register
Daily Beast

He is also in a fight with the Morning Joe crew,

Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron has said that Trump’s action “is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press.”

Trump wants to  'open up' libel laws so he can sue media and collect money.  Here is an article from Politico on 2/26/16:

Donald Trump said on Friday he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations.

During a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump began his usual tirade against newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying they're "losing money" and are "dishonest." The Republican presidential candidate then took a different turn, suggesting that when he's president they'll "have problems."

"One of the things I'm going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we're certainly leading. I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We're going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected," Trump said.

Can you imagine if Trump had to pay something every time he told a lie or half-truth?  The Orange Man may have to sell his plane

Trump ally Roger Stone said that a Trump administration ought to shut CNN down because they peddle propaganda and censor reporting that does not suit their narrative. According to Stone,"When Donald Trump is president, he should turn off their FCC license. They’re not a news organization; they’re about censorship.”

So there you have it, if the Orange Man is elected president there will be a true threat to freedom of press. 

Pretty scary stuff if you ask me.

Donald Trump stuff just gets better and better- or worse and worse.

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