Democrat Proposes Bill to Make Mainstream Journalists an Untouchable Protected Class
President Donald J. Trump speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, May 20, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his trip to Pennsylvania. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
The mainstream media’s long-running monologue became a dialogue upon the invention of the internet. Where they used to be able to tell a story to their specification without worrying about anyone exposing their lies, they now must contend with hundreds of citizen journalists wrecking their narrative.
First, mainstream journalists scoffed at the idea that anybody could do what they do, and once it turned out that anybody actually could, they began to play the victim card when called out for their lies. Then, upon the election of Donald Trump to the White House, they used that victim card with reckless abandon.
The people haven’t been happy with the mainstream media for a very long time thanks to the people calling out their misinformation, half-truths, and all-out lies. When Trump would talk negatively about the media, the people couldn’t help but cheer him on and join in on the fun of bringing them down.
It’s a large part of why mainstream news reporters developed such an advanced case of Trump Derangement Syndrom.
Democrats go hand in hand with mainstream media, and they aren’t too happy with people putting the mainstream press down either. After all, the press tosses them softball questions, runs their narratives, and essentially acts as sympathetic megaphones for them. Whenever the press looks bad, Democrats look bad.
So, as Democrats will do, they began looking for a way to silence the opposition. It’s an old tactic. In fact, it’s one they tried to use way back in the day with the “Fairness Doctrine” when radio show host Rush Limbaugh was obtaining his fame and adding a conservative voice to the leftist dominated airwaves.
New York Senator Richard Blumenthal isn’t concerned with fairness, though. According to him, he just wants people to stop opposing mainstream journalists.
Blumenthal recently proposed a bill that would essentially make defying a journalist a federal crime.
“There is a segment of the population that feels an antipathy toward the press that they express verbally, in threats, and also, at the extreme, physically in direct attacks on the press,” Blumenthal said. “What we have to address is the continuing threat of physical violence […] against the press that may intimidate them in their vital news gathering operation.”
NEW: Citing threats, violence against journalists, Sen. Richard Blumenthal proposes bill making threatening or attacking “anyone doing fact gathering or news operations” a federal crime. https://t.co/JsAo4rT8TM pic.twitter.com/rQoOqEVL3b
— ABC News (@ABC) October 15, 2019
You may say that this is only Blumenthal wanting to make threats and violence against reporters illegal.
The problem is that it already is a crime to threaten or cause violence to journalists because it’s a crime to threaten or cause violence to anyone. Blumenthal wants to ratchet up the punishments for anyone who does these things to journalists, essentially turning journalists into a protected class.
The bigger problem is the fact that what constitutes as a threat appears to be vague, but we can get an idea of what Blumenthal considers a threat to journalists by the fact that he points to the recent viral video circulating around the internet that has the press clutching its pearls.
The meme video is a clip from the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, with Trump’s head superimposed on one of the main characters during a scene where he participates in a free for all inside a hate church. You see this “Trump” kill both his enemies in DC and the media.
The video clip was, to anyone with half a brain, clearly metaphoric in how Trump continues to claim victory over Democrats and the media. However, the media is in a panic, claiming that such a video would incite violence against journalists.
They don’t seem to care about all the things they create that encourages violence against Trump and his supporters, but they don’t seem to remember ever doing that.
So anyone who makes anything that journalists feel remotely threatened by will suddenly find themselves in trouble with the feds and likely thrown in jail.
That’s what we call “Orwellian.”
What this boils down to is Democrats running defense for a Democrat propaganda machine. It’s censorship, plain and simple.
Any Republican worth a damn will publicly laugh at this.
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