Plain Talk: Trump Says So-Called “Fake News” Is “Dangerous” and “Not Free Speech” but He’s Absolutely Wrong


President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 11, 2019. When it comes to congressional end runs, lawmakers warn Trump that what goes around comes around. (Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times)

“I don’t think that the mainstream media is free speech either, because it’s so crooked, it’s so dishonest. So to me, free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposely write bad, to me that’s very dangerous speech, and you become angry at it,” President Donald Trump said at the recent White House Social Media Summit. “But that’s not free speech.”

The press is absolutely flawed, and terribly one-sided politically, and because of that they undermine their own credibility. Which, in turn, undermines their ability to hold the powerful to account. That is dangerous.

Far more dangerous is the leader of the free world suggesting media reporting he doesn’t like might not be free speech.

Also, Congressman Kelly Armstrong takes listener questions about the Mueller testimony before Congress, the Alexa Acosta controversy, and other issues.

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