Trump Body Slams CNN Logo

trump body slams cnn logo

No doubt you’ve seen the clip where President Trump body slams a CNN logo. Naturally, Trump retweeted it. The NYT has a good video back story to the tweet here.

The tweet was beneath the dignity of the presidency. But what else is new?

Media Condemns Trump Body Slam

I thought the clip was amusing. But others saw it as an incitement to violence against members of the media. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press issued a statement reflecting that view.

As it happens, I’m a member of the steering committee for RCFP. It’s an organization with a proud history defending unpopular speech. This is a case where we should have defended unpopular satire, not condemn it.

Here’s the RCFP statement:

On Sunday, President Donald Trump made a public statement on Twitter that glorified physical violence against members of the press.

Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, made the following statement:

“We condemn the president’s threat of physical violence against journalists. This tweet is beneath the office of the presidency. Sadly, it is not beneath this president.

“No one should be threatened with physical harm for doing their jobs. Journalists are your neighbors, they’re your friends. Journalists perform a critical function in our society, one the Founding Fathers felt was so necessary that they enshrined it first in the Bill of Rights.

“They wrote that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’

“Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy. The press are the people’s window into the halls of power, and most importantly, they are the people’s check on that power. When the president attacks the press, he attacks the people.”






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3 Responses to Trump Body Slams CNN Logo

  1. Todd Kettering says:

    I was amused as well. I think the ‘unpopular satire’ label firmly applies to this.

  2. ScruffyLeon says:

    Trump didn’t create the gif, he just tweeted it. It was funny and appropriate. I LMFAO. CNN and others have been dishing out the insults and lies about Trump – now they are whining when they get a little payback. I LMFAO some more. Keep it up, PDJT.

  3. Phi Erwin says:

    “Freedom of the Press” is key to PROTECTING our democracy. But anyone misusing that freedom by promoting untruth to deliberately UNDERMINE our democracy is, in fact, MISUSING that tool, and ATTACKING our democracy. That is the correct way to see “Fake News.” And CNN has proven repeatedly to have earned that label. To turn the final RCFP statement around, the correct view is that: “When the Press attacks the President with untruth, it is attacking the People.”

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