The First Amendment gives Americans the right to say pretty much whatever they want, whenever they want and the courts have protected that right for a long time. Trump has always been known to hate the press. His attacks on the press didn’t stop once he assumed presidency, but have seemed to have gotten worse, even threatening to have licenses of media companies that offer negative coverage of him revoked. His continuous attacks on the press show his authoritarian impulses and antipathy for the First Amendment. When talking with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he actually stated that it is “frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write”. Donald Trump has already named the news media “the enemy of the American people,” and his tweets about “fake news,” once a way to express thoughts and opinions, increasingly feel like simply a way to spew propaganda and push forward his agenda. Fake News was not a phrase many people used until 18 months ago. Since the growth of Trump politically, it is now a topic everyone is talking about. Trump seems to be constantly accusing media sources of “fake news”. Once in the Oval Office, the newly minted president tweeted, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” The media acts as conveyors of opinion (for the purposes of argument) and context (for the sake of understanding). So, when Donald Trump targets the press, he is attacking free speech and argumentatively, freedom itself. Recently, Donald Trump created the “Fake News Awards”, in awareness of the news outlets he believes were guilty of falsely representing him or producing inaccurate reports both before, and during his presidency. Trump’s attacks on the media in retort to negative stories about him have been a large part of his Twitter feed, and he announced he would disperse the awards to “the most corrupt and dishonest” media. The ten stories awarded were from CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News, Time and Newsweek. CNN came through with the most wins, stories including Trump overfeeding fish during a visit with Japanese prime minister and Donald Trump and his son having access to hacked documents from wikileaks. The winners announced is mainly a tally of recorded mistakes about the president and his administration. The majority of the offending organizations and journalists had already acknowledged and corrected their errors. When Trump calls dependable news sources “fake news” and refers to them as the “enemy of the American people”, he encourages his supporters to insult, dismiss, and even threaten members of the press. When he targets media that challenge him, he is threatening the speech of those who don’t agree with him, which is free speech. A clip from a 1962 interview with President John F. Kennedy has been quite popular on the Internet lately. The president talking about the press said, “Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn’t write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn’t any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society without a very, very active press.”

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