A Free Press

Presidents and their team historically have had a different view of what entails a free press than just about anyone.  Even so, the Executive Branch has considered it the right thing to do, to grumble and then move on.  Lincoln, Jefferson, Bush. Obama and Clinton, and that’s just to name a few.  It is one of the cornerstones our nation was foundered on.  “Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

Somehow the current President thinks he is above the Constitution and acts accordingly.  What this President doesn’t seem to take into account is that the current press has major bucks behind it.  The President is not just fighting an independent company and/or the First Amendment. The thing about the current press that is different than ever before is Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch News, and Viacom own huge chunks.  In fact, all these companies hold more assets than the Trump team.

A Free Press

“Richard Nixon left the White House in disgrace 40 years ago this month, but the war he launched against journalists has continued under Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and other recent presidents.

Nixon’s resignation is remembered as a great victory for the media. Investigations by Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, and other reporters helped expose the White House crime spree that caused the president’s downfall. Even though he lost his battle to remain in power, Nixon’s way of handling the press has prevailed in American politics. Intimidating journalists, avoiding White House reporters, staging events for television—now common presidential practices—were all originally Nixonian tactics.”

 

“In 1969 Nixon directed Vice President Spiro Agnew to make speeches attacking newspapers and the television networks as if they were rival political parties. Agnew said the president was the victim of “a small and unelected elite” who controlled the media. The vice president’s popularity soared after these speeches, and the intimidated networks backed away from critically analyzing Nixon’s speeches

Without devoting entire speeches to the subject as Agnew did, other administrations have used the tactic of denouncing the media. During his 1988 presidential campaign, George H.W. Bush criticized CBS anchorman Dan Rather when asked uncomfortable questions about his role in the Iran-Contra scandal. One of his son’s press secretaries, Dana Perino, accused The New York Times of “gross negligence” and “reporting failures.”  https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/08/nixons-revenge-his-media-strategy-triumphs-40-years-after-resignation/375274/

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I've published an E-book (Neurotic Man), a hard copy book, (Dworb), produced movies (Woman of the Port and Liberty and Bash), and worked as a writer for Demand Media writing those ehow tidbits you've most undoubtedly seen. For many years I wrote business and marketing plans for service, retail and manufacturing businesses. Along the way I've also prepared tax returns, taught accounting, been a business start-up consultant, licensed arbiter, federal analyst, busboy, waiter, safety clerk, lighting salesman, restaurant manager, parking lot attendant, construction foreman, and cook.
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