Civics 101: The First Amendment, Freedom of the Press, and Donald J. Trump–Journalists are NOT the Enemy!

I commend to all of you reading my blog today, the Boston Globe editorial, “Journalists are Not the Enemy.”

I write today in solidarity with American journalists who’ve been under a mounting attack by President Donald Trump,  in his  campaign against all those media outlets–and their writers–who criticize any aspect of his speechifying, social media claims and comments, programs, positions, behavior, or philosophy.

I support the Boston Globe and 300 other newspapers and media outlets of every political stripe, that today, August 16, have joined together to push back against the President’s claim that journalism is nothing more  than “fake news”  and “the enemy of the people.”

Freedom of the press is enshrined in our foundational document, the U.S. Constitution.

That is a fact.

Freedom of the press extends to all media outlets, no matter the editorial affiliation with political party.

That is a fact.

Preamble

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 

Bill of Rights:

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.

~LSV