As The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro stated, Donald Trump is a thug. So is his campaign manager/mafioso bouncer Corey Lewandowski. The Trump campaign doesn’t tolerate dissent, especially from the media. When Trump isn’t calling reporters “disgusting,” he’s openly fantasizing about a dystopian world of censorship.
Tsar Trump has even talked about opening up libel laws against media outlets he subjectively found unsavory. “Trump’s solution here is not just petty and counterproductive: it’s tyrannical. It places all media outlets under threat of litigation from the politicians upon whom they are supposed to report,” explains Shapiro. “And it fits right into Trump’s history of frivolous litigation against those who say things the Great Man doesn’t like.”
At Trump rallies, journalists are relegated to “press pens” where they are mocked, harassed, and sometimes threatened by the campaign’s supporters. In the event that a journalist needs to use a restroom, team Trump requires a bathroom escort. There’s a reason the billionaire businessman admires Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
Politico has compiled a list of media organizations recently denied entry to a Trump event:
The Des Moines Register
The Huffington Post
According to Politico, the aforementioned organizations “have all been denied credentials to Trump’s events, often after publishing critical stories about the campaign.” This isn’t an ideological crusade; it’s personal. Trump is targeting media outlets from both the right and left. “Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose,” wrote George Orwell.
The job of the press is to be critical of public figures, especially those wishing to run the country. Without the safety valve of a free press, tyranny runs supreme. Of course, it’s always easier to acquiesce and bend to the will of an authoritarian. A few so-called conservative outlets, including disgraced news blog Breitbart, have effectively become Trump Pravda sites, sacrificing their own reporters on the gold-encrusted altar of TRUMP. While hero-worship may be a symptom of transient populist fervor, the consequences of failing to hold our aspiring elected officials accountable are dire. Groveling sycophancy in lieu of principled veracity is the death knell of a free press.
While hero-worship may be a symptom of transient populist fervor, the consequences of failing to hold our aspiring elected officials accountable are dire.
Trump’s Orwellian thugs have not only demanded involuntary censorship, but they’ve prompted unprecedented self-censorship. In an 1823 letter to the Marquis de Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The only security of all is in a free press.” The prospect of a Trump presidency casts a haunting shadow of uncertainty over that security.