Donald Trump adviser Jason Miller went on CNN’s The Situation Room with host Wolf Blitzer to defend the Republican nominee’s harsh criticism of media bias.
To Blitzer, Trump is trying to “undermine the First Amendment” with his criticisms but Miller explained that Trump is just pushing back against a system that is clearly rigged against him.
“There’s a lot of concern,” Blitzer said, “especially those of us in the news media, journalists, that he’s trying to undermine the First Amendment freedom of speech by going after the news media. Raising all kinds of sordid questions about the news media. You’ve dealt with the news media in your career for a long time. Do you feel comfortable with the way he treats the news media right now, suggesting he wants to have easier availability for government, for presidents, if you will, to go ahead and sue journalists and sue news organizations?”
Watch the exchange below:
Miller responded with the contention that the CNN host’s was a “one-sided interpretation” of Trump’s words. “The reason why people love Mr. Trump is because he’s willing to fight back. He’s willing to stand up against this rigged system, he’s willing to make his voice heard, and he’s not going to be a wallflower that’s going to be pushed around, and so when we see the incredible — I mean even your very own respected Jake Tapper, who I think is one of the best in the business, is someone who has called out media bias. Talking about the fact that there is an incredible amount more time spent on attacks against Mr. Trump, then against Secretary Clinton. And the reality is that it is biased, Wolf.”
Blitzer agreed with the fact that there is indeed media biased among conservatives and liberals, but also made a point that you “don’t go after the First Amendment and freedom of the press. That is sacred, as you know, as I know, our viewers know. You don’t try to undermine that and say we’re going to change the rules of the game because free press is so critical to our country. I assume you agree with me on that.”
Miller responded that the First Amendment is also important to Trump, to which Blitzer said, “Well he attacks the press almost every rally. He points to the journalists who are trying to do their jobs and he says to the crowd, ‘Look at them.’ And then he uses some really awful words to describe reporters who are working really hard, Jason, just to get the news out there. They’re doing their job. You know them, I know them, and for him to attack the news media like that is not acceptable.”
“The point is that Mr. Trump is going to push back,” Miller said. “Look, there are entire networks on TV that every time you turn them on it’s one big attack on Mr. Trump. Of course he has to have the ability to push back, to set the record straight, and to tell the American people the truth.”
Indeed, the First Amendment does allow for freedom of the press, but it doesn’t make the press free from criticism!
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