In Russia they kill journalists whose reporting is not supportive of the government. In fact over 200 reporters have been murdered since Putin rose to power. Clearly Trump and Putin share a similar world view.
Remember when Trump congratulated Putin on winning reelection? The truth is that the Russian “election” was a sham. Puting was “reelected” to a third six-year term with about 75 percent of the vote. Campaign rival candidates were excluded and even arrested. The state-controlled media showered praise on Putin.
In America, we think that we have freedom of the Press. We think the press has the abililty to report on anything unseemly done by our President.For decades the United States Supreme Court has recognized the critical importance of Freedom of the Press.
The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”
—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black in New York Times Co. v. United States (1971)
The freedom of the press, protected by the First Amendment, is critical to a democracy in which the government is accountable to the people. A free media functions as a watchdog that can investigate and report on government wrongdoing. It is also a vibrant marketplace of ideas, a vehicle for ordinary citizens to express themselves and gain exposure to a wide range of information and opinions.
Yesterday, Trump ban a reporter from the White House because she asked questions to which the President had no answer. Kaitlin Collins, a reporter from CNN, was in the Rose Garden when she asked Trump four questions. Understand that Collins was acting as the “pool reporter” representing the five major news stations. The questions of Collins focused on Trump’s relationship with Michael Cohen, and an invitation he extended to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the White House. Both topics had been the focus of news reporting yesterday. Not only did Trump refuse to answer the questions, but he ban her from coming to a similar meeting in the White House.
Instead of apologizing for the extreme reaction, and the obvious violation of the First Amendment, Kelly Ann Conway, the “alternative fact” Trump aide, bashed the media asserting they should show more respect to Trump.
In a statement, CNN said Collins was told by representatives of Trump, including Sarah Huckabee Sanders that her questions were “inappropriate.”
The action was widely criticized by reporters and news organizations, including Fox News.
The White House Correspondents’ Association also condemned the Trump administration’s “misguided and inappropriate decision.”
“This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak,” WHCA President Olivier Knox said. “It cannot stand. Reporters asking questions of powerful government officials, up to and including the President, helps hold those people accountable.”
Freedom of the Press is contained in the FIRST Amendment for a reason. It is critical to our ability to elect the best leader for America, that we know the answers to the hard questions. Otherwise American will cease to be a democracy and become a dictatorship, like Russia.