Amid recent reports that Trump wants to evict the Press Corp from the White House, a Senior Advisor to the Trump Administration told a journalist from the Enquirer, “They are the opposition party. I want ‘em out of the building. We are taking back the Press Room.” This is concerning for obvious reasons.
The 1st Amendment clearly states that individuals and the press have a right to expression, and that the people have the right to petition the government for grievances, among other things. What we have seen from the Trump Administration is a blatant attack on journalism, and on many news networks, frequent targets include CNN and MSNBC. Whether or not his claims are justified, these attacks are concerning nonetheless. It is the responsibility of the President of the United States, the elected leader of the populace, to be able to maintain a clear and open channel of communication, and be open to queries and challenges from an independent nonpartisan press.
Objectively, one cannot dismiss the fact that coverage towards the Trump Campaign during the General Election was unlike anything that has happened before. I frequently noticed on CNN that large portions of his rallies were shown, and coverage was anything but sparing. The Media gave Donald Trump over $1 Billion worth of coverage for absolutely nothing. Trump’s claims were ridiculous, offensive, and bigoted, so of course they made good ratings, we cannot deny that.
However, Trump cannot say bigoted things and encourage fights, and not expect the Media to say, “Trump’s remarks were seen by some as bigoted,” and “physical violence was prevalent at many of Trump’s rallies.” These hypothetical remarks are true.
Donald Trump lives in his own little world where he expects the news to be hand-fed to him by his children and advisors. We cannot expect him to receive accurate news from his children or from lackeys who are saying what they want him to hear.
Donald Trump is violating the very nature of American Democracy, and we cannot allow him to escape up into the golden bubble of the White House and of his overpriced golf clubs. The only way to get him to hear the thundering voice of the people is to expose him to an independent media, not what he thinks is, “the opposition party.”