Opinion| It’s no secret that President Donald Trump and the media don’t have a very strong relationship.
With Trump’s no-nonsense style, he has no issue calling the media out when they report “fake news.”
Democratic California Representative Eric Swalwell recently took to social media to share a similar sentiment. Republican Representative Dan Crenshaw of Texas was quick to correct him, throwing in a quick history lesson.
What started with a tweet from CNN reporter Marshall Cohen regarding new laws signed into place by Russian President Vladimir Putin which are meant to enforce severe punishments for” journalists and media figures who spread ‘fake news’ or show ‘disrespect’ toward government officials,” explains Conservative Tribune.
NEW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed two new laws that impose strict prohibitions on Internet activities and speech. They allow Russian authorities to jail or fine people who spread "fake news" or if they "disrespect" government officials online. (h/t @maryilyushina)
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) March 18, 2019
Swalwell shared the tweet, tacking on, “I will do everything physically possible — march with my feet, shout from my lungs, and out-maneuver with my mind — to stop this from happening in America. But you better believe @realDonaldTrump will try. And I know you’re with me. Not on our watch.”
I will do everything physically possible — march with my feet, shout from my lungs, and out-maneuver with my mind — to stop this from happening in America. But you better believe @realDonaldTrump will try. And I know you’re with me. Not on our watch. https://t.co/OVfKdVGQXc
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 18, 2019
Swalwell implied that Trump was trying to criminalize the media’s right to report on the White House and the President specifically in a critical fashion, which is protected by the Constitution.
Luckily Crenshaw stopped in to correct him:
“Agree. Defend #1A,” he tweeted. “Truth is, we’ve been worried ever since:
“1. Obama ACTUALLY put journalists under investigation (Not threatened on Twitter. Actually did it)
“2. Dems have been urging limits to speech on social media platforms.
“That said, I’d march with ya.”
Agree. Defend #1A. Truth is, we’ve been worried ever since:
1. Obama ACTUALLY put journalists under investigation (Not threatened on Twitter. Actually did it)
2. Dems have been urging limits to speech on social media platforms.
That said, I’d march with ya. https://t.co/Qjy3hKpl7p
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 18, 2019
Conservative Tribune reports:
As Crenshaw pointed out, the extent to which Trump has battled the media has largely been confined to snarky complaints and empty threats on social media, whereas his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, quietly opened federal investigations into reporters for Fox News and The Associated Press who had reported critically on various aspects of his administration. (In fact, he tried to shut out Fox News altogether.)
Likewise, it is not Trump but Democrats who have been speaking endlessly in recent months and years about the dangers of free speech — from perspectives they don’t agree with — and the need for it to be censoredand strictly regulated, if not banished entirely from the public square.