How will you protect your First Amendment ?

Corazon

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I think the press is not in a good shape almost everywhere :(
We can find good and bad reporters all over the world!
Unfortunately the good ones seem not to be the majority (when I say "good reporter" I mean somebody who is honest with his/her readers, tell them the truth and is not one-sided or a "pen for hire")
 

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Press freedom in the US is nothing special but it does look like Trump is taking a hammer to it in order to deflect from his failure to control the virus.
My understanding is that your founders believed that a free press was an essential component in any functioning democracy. I think that we can all agree on that.
Being critical of Trump is not an offence. Its a bit shocking that the folk who wave their guns around are less vocal on this issue, A press that cant criticise the President is a threat to freedom.
"Nothing special"? What could be meant by that? Does England have press freedom? Does France? I'm not talking about "some" or "in certain cases". Freedom of the press is like being pregnant; it is an either or situation.
If there is a problem in the U.S., it is that press freedom is not used enough, combined with the incredibly low level of reader comprehension.
Your press freedom ranks 45 on a world index.
"Your"? Assumptions and projections are dangerous.
No comment about English press freedom?
No link for this alleged rating?
Who said U.S. press freedom was the best?
What was said is that freedom is not used enough. That anything may be said as long as it is expressed as opinion should have been said, and is being said now.
While it may be understandable that other countries decide to prohibit some words or phrases, that does not alter the fact that this means "press freedom" is an exaggeration in that context. In any case, it is not words that damage, it is what a brain does with the information that may have negative results.
I do not trust a system that does not trust me to judge verbiage.
The link is in the OP. This is what it says.

Press freedom in the United States continued to suffer during President Donald Trump’s third year in office. Arrests, physical assaults, public denigration and the harassment of journalists continued in 2019, though the numbers of journalists arrested and assaulted were slightly lower than the year prior. Much of that ire has come from President Trump and his associates in the federal government, who have demonstrated the United States is no longer a champion of press freedom at home or abroad. This dangerous anti-press sentiment has trickled down to local governments, institutions and the American public. In March 2019, a leaked document revealed the US government was using a secret database tracking journalists, activists and others who border authorities believed should be stopped for questioning when crossing certain checkpoints along the US-Mexico border. A couple months later, the Justice Department charged Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange with 17 counts of the WWI-era Espionage Act. If he is convicted, this would set a dangerous precedent for journalists who publish classified US government information of public interest moving forward. Under President Trump, the White House has strategically replaced traditional forms of press access with those that limit the ability of journalists to ask questions of the administration. The last daily, televised White House press briefing led by a press secretary took place in March 2019, and since then the federal government has made multiple attempts to deny specific journalists and news outlets access to other opportunities for press engagement.

Of course it doesnt make the US a police state but it does trash the notion that your much vaunted first amendment places you above the rest of the world. It plainly doesnt.
That the press is compromised and does not do its job is in no way reflective of 1A rights.
When the press cannot criticise the government you have no rights.






The press can criticize all it wants. And does, the problem is now they lie about Trumps actions.

That's different.
 

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A free press had been a goal of many Americans since the nation began. Conservatives fought the Bill of Rights and then with the first conservative president, Adams, and a conservative Congress, in power a bill was passed, The Subversive Act, making it against the law to criticize members of the government.
When Jefferson was elected the law was canceled and the Bill Of Rights put back in operation.







































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Press freedom in the US is nothing special but it does look like Trump is taking a hammer to it in order to deflect from his failure to control the virus.
My understanding is that your founders believed that a free press was an essential component in any functioning democracy. I think that we can all agree on that.
Being critical of Trump is not an offence. Its a bit shocking that the folk who wave their guns around are less vocal on this issue, A press that cant criticise the President is a threat to freedom.
Yet, the Right Wing in the Senate saw no problem with the ethics and morals of our current administration.

We need a working majority in Congress. Vote blue not red!
 

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