The media portrays the affirmation of the First Amendment in the Trump CPAC speech.
The Donald Trump CPAC speech is posted below. I highly recommend that you listen to it if you have time. You can read a transcript here.
It is interesting how the mainstream media portrays the Trump CPAC speech. The New York Times reports,
Mr. Trump, who once posed as his own public relations man to plant news stories in New York tabloids — and spoke frequently with reporters off the record during the campaign — called for an end to the use of “sources,” meaning anonymous sources.
“A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people because they have no sources — they just make it up,” he said. He added that his “enemy of the people” label applied only to “dishonest” reporters and editors.
Mr. Trump, who suggested revisiting First Amendment protections for the news media during the campaign, refined that attack on Friday, urging his supporters to use their free-speech rights to counter hostile press accounts from outlets like CNN, which he called the “Clinton News Network.”
“They always bring up the First Amendment,” Mr. Trump said of journalists. “Nobody loves it better than me.”
The first paragraph tries to score some points but it gratuitously portrays Trump as misspeaking that he “called for an end to the use of ‘sources,’ meaning anonymous sources.” Yes. We know that because Trump spoke clearly:
I’m against the people that make up stories and make up sources. They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out.
So why imply that Trump didn’t say what he meant.
Then they mention that he “suggested revisiting First Amendment protections for the news media during the campaign.” That’s fair to point out, but it obscures the real story. The real story is that, rather than question the First Amendment again, Donald Trump affirmed what we all see on his Twitter account—that he relies on the First Amendment.
They say that we can’t criticize their dishonest coverage because of the First Amendment, you know, they always bring up the First Amendment. And I love the First Amendment; nobody loves it better than me. Nobody. I mean, who uses its more than I do? But the First Amendment gives all of us — it gives it to me, it gives it to you, it gives it to all Americans — the right to speak our minds freely. It gives you the right and me the right to criticize fake news and criticize it strongly.
I added the emphasis to make a point. Liberals are twisting reality to portray their attacks on Trump for what he says as a defense of the First Amendment. What has Trump done that was so awful? As the Trump CPAC speech articulates forcefully, all Trump did was speak and write. He publicly expressed his opinion of the media. The First Amendment was written so that he and the rest of us could express our views.