So a bunch of “journalists” took UN “World Press Freedom Day” as an opportunity to complain about Trump. (Shocker. And just for the record that’s what the press should do. It should have a largely adversarial roll with the powers that be. But …) However in your editor’s estimation Obama was a MUCH bigger threat to press freedom than Trump will ever be. Why? Because the press, in large part, wasn’t independent during the Obama years. They openly colluded with Obama. George Soros’s Media Matters, under PR mercenary David Brock, acted as the de facto Ministry of Information of the Obama administration. “Journalists” regularly went to the White House for propaganda briefings.
We are going to explore this again in future posts.
For now please read this article from 2015 in the very “progressive”, very Washington insider Politico.
Trump is a piker compared to Obama who ran the press in many respects like it is “run” in a 3rd World country or something.
New York Times reporter James Risen slammed Attorney General Eric Holder in a series of tweets Tuesday evening, calling the Obama administration “The greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.”
“Eric Holder has been the nation’s top censorship officer, not the top law enforcement officer,” Risen tweeted. “Eric Holder has done the bidding of the intelligence community and the White House to damage press freedom in the United States.”…
…“Eric Holder has sent a message to dictators around the world that it is okay to crack down on the press and jail journalists,” Risen tweeted on Tuesday. “Eric Holder leaves behind a wrecked First Amendment.”
“Eric Holder managed to destroy any semblance of a reporter’s privilege in the United States,” he continued. “This is Eric Holder’s true legacy on press freedom: ‘There is no First Amendment ‘reporter’s privilege.’ From DOJ brief in my case.”
“I plan to spend the rest of my life fighting to undo damage done to press freedom in the United States by Barack Obama and Eric Holder,” Risen continued in another tweet. “My son is a reporter. I don’t want him to have to live in a country where there is less press freedom than when I started as a journalist.”