Trump administration wants censorship of their media critics

This 15 August 2017 video from the USA says about itself:

President Donald Trump On Charlottesville: You Had Very Fine People, On Both Sides | CNBC

President Donald Trump answers questions at a press briefing on infrastructure at Trump Tower in New York.

Another video from the USA used to say about itself:

Sarah Huckabee scrambles after reporter asks why Trump thinks ‘very fine people’ march with racists

25 August 2017

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say why President Donald Trump thought there were some “very fine people” who protested alongside neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.

At a press briefing on Friday, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl asked if Trump had spoken to his economic adviser Gary Cohn about his recent comments. Cohn said the president needed to do more to condemn hatred and bigotry.

“The president has been very outspoken in his condemnation of racism of bigotry, of hate of all forms,” Sanders replied. …

“What did the president mean”, Karl began to ask, before being cut off.

“Sorry, we are really short on time,” Sanders said.

By Chris D’Angelo in the USA today:

Updated 28 minutes ago

ESPN Host Committed ‘Fireable Offense’ With Trump ‘White Supremacist’ Tweet: White House Aide

″I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

WASHINGTON — ESPN should consider firing host Jemele Hill for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist”, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says.

“I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders said during Wednesday’s press briefing.

So, the Trump administration demands censorship of someone who is not a government employee for criticizing Donald Trump. Welcome to Big Brother’s 1984.

Did Sarah Huckabee Sanders Break the Law When She Attacked a Black ESPN Reporter? Certain government employees are prohibited from influencing the employment decisions of private entities: here.

Asked by The Washington Post’s David Nakamura why an influential African American sportscaster might make such a comment, Sanders said, “I’m not going to speak for that individual, but I know that the president has met, again, with people like Senator [Tim] Scott, who are highly respected leaders in the African-American community.”

Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, met with Trump Wednesday at the White House, in part to discuss the president’s controversial comments following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month that sparked deadly violence. After Trump at a news conference said there was “blame of both sides” for the violence, Scott told Vice News that the president’s “moral authority” had been “compromised.”

ESPN’s Jemele Hill is not backing down from her Trump comments.

The White House continues its war on ESPN’s Jemele Hill. A black woman criticized the president and the White House is very upset: here.

JEMELE HILL HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR TWO WEEKS Over a social media “violation.” Hill had previously spoken out against Trump. [HuffPost]

‘WE WON’T FORGET BEING CALLED AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE’ Staffers at the Capital Gazette published a powerful editorial in response to the mass shooting at the newspaper’s Annapolis, Maryland, offices last week. [HuffPost]

This video from the USA says about itself:

12 September 2017

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R[epublican]) reversed course on pursuing allegations made against Trump University, a month after the Trump charitable foundation paid $25,000 to a group supporting Bondi’s campaign, and now Bondi has accepted a role in the Trump administration.


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  10. Trump just got a Black woman news anchor suspended.

    ESPN anchor Jemele Hill expressed support for anti-racism protests by NFL players.1 Then, the White House demanded she be fired.2 ESPN, an independent news company, basically took orders from Trump and took her off the air.

    Trump has been threatening members of the media, and yesterday he threatened to revoke network licenses for reporting news he doesn’t like.3 But he chose to single out a Black woman member of the press who spoke out against racism. If ESPN and Trump get no pushback, they’ll be emboldened to do it again and again. We must draw the line here.

    Tell ESPN: “Reinstate Jemele Hill. Fire the executive who suspended her.”
    Sign the petition

    Today, Trump has continued his Twitter tirade against Hill, but he’s said nothing about the white supremacists and Neo-Nazis who marched again in Charlottesville this weekend. For days, he ignored the millions of Americans without food, water, or electricity in Puerto Rico, and instead took to Twitter to repeatedly bully Black and brown NFL players for protesting racism.4

    ESPN’s decision sparked a lot of criticism. The network already tried to kick Hill off the air, but her co-anchors defended her and refused to take her place.5 She has been a prominent member of the press who has gotten a lot of attention for speaking out against injustice. If we let Hill’s suspension go without a fight, other networks will be cowed into crushing free speech, press, and protest–exactly what Trump wants.

    Will you sign the petition to push ESPN to re-instate Jemele Hill?

    Thanks for speaking out!

    –Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team


    1. ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill Two Weeks for Violating Social Media Policy, Sports Illustrated, October 9, 2017

    2. The White House calls out ESPN, US News and World Report, September 14, 2017

    3. Trump pushes to challenge media network licenses, The Hill, October 11, 2017

    4. It’s not complicated: Trump is more interested in NFL protests than the storm in Puerto Rico, Washington Post, September 26, 2017

    Trump Is Silent On Charlottesville & Twitter Is Real Mad, Bustle, October 8, 2017

    5. ESPN Denies Trying to Replace Jemele Hill on Wednesday’s SportsCenter Broadcast, Sports Illustrated, September 14, 2017


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  12. Day 264 (October 11, 2017)

    In today’s issue: Freedom of speech.

    Trump once again threatened the free press today, saying, “”It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should look into it.”
    He went on to threaten to revoke NBC’s license, calling them “fake news” because he doesn’t like their (factual) coverage of him.
    To most of us, it is absolutely inconceivable that in 2017, in the US, the President would even suggest that a news station should have their license revoked. The independent press is there for a reason, and though you may not like it, the solution certainly isn’t to revoke their rights.


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