Monday, February 29, 2016

Press Gang

If Donald Trump had his way, the press would bow to his whims.  Via Raw Story.

Trump said he wants to sue news outlets for doing negative stories about him. The First Amendment of the Constitution specifically protects a free press, but Trump has made it a habit to bash reporters covering his events and the media in general.

But on Friday he went the extra step of saying he would limit the press using litigation as a stick.

“I think the media is among the most dishonest groups of people I’ve ever met,” Trump said. “They’re terrible.”

Then he said Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post to have political influence.

That’s when Trump said he’d wield influence over the media in his own way.

“One of the things I’m gonna do, and this is only gonna make it tougher for me, and I’ve never said this before, but one of the things I’m gonna do if I win… is I’m gonna 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 gonna open up those libel laws.”

Aside from the fact that he would be just like the homeless guy who stands under the bridge and yells at passing cars were it not for the media and thereby proving that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, the first rule of disproving libel is the truth.  Second, never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.  Or URL’s.

One bark on “Press Gang

  1. Trump is a man who loves to insult and denigrate his opponents, with little regard for truth or accuracy. Has it occurred to him that “loosened up” libel laws could be used against HIM?

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