Freedom of the press was threatened under the Obama administration, and the liberal media stood by and did nothing. That’s what The Hill media reporter Joe Concha told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Concha is disgusted that the hypocritical mainstream media is whining that President Trump is threatening the First Amendment because he dares to speak out against biased attacks against him and his family. This is a major departure from what other conservative politicians have done in the past, which was to remain silent and meekly take the abuse.
Concha pointed out that when former President Obama took aggressive actions against the press, the media never uttered a word about it:
A threat to the First Amendment doesn’t happen when a president is mean to the press. That’s him actually exercising HIS First Amendment right. The First Amendment was under threat under the Obama administration! They spied on (Fox News reporter) James Rosen. And not only that, they designated him as a ‘flight risk’ so they wouldn’t have to tell him about the surveillance.
[The Obama administration] also secretly seized Associated Press phone records. They rejected a record number of FOIA requests. THOSE are threats to the First Amendment.”
Concha said Jeff Mason — the president of the White House Correspondents Dinner who has repeatedly slammed Trump — should have spoken out against Obama when he infringed on the media’s First Amendment rights.
“Jeff Mason should’ve been speaking out against that at other White House Correspondents Dinners,” Concha said. “Boycotts should’ve happened under the Obama administration.”
Concha doesn’t understand how the liberal media can attack Trump, when no other president has given such democratic access to the White House:
I don’t get it. On the one hand, the Trump administration is totally about access. On the other hand, [left-wing media claim] ‘their press freedoms are being threatened.’ When I watch the daily [White House] press briefings, Sean Spicer takes more questions than Josh Earnest ever did. There are more reporters in that room because of Skype [and other social media].
I know President Trump gave 9 major interviews last week, including with outlets like the Washington Post, Fox News, Associated Press, CBS News, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.
Tucker Carlson agreed, saying the White House Correspondents Dinner — which had fawned over Obama for 8 years— viciously attacked President Trump all evening. “It seemed, from beginning to end, hostile to the president,” Carlson said.
Joe Concha said media research groups have confirmed that the press coverage of Trump is overwhelmingly biased and nasty. “There’s a vitriol toward Donald Trump that we have never seen with any other president,” he said. “And I base that on the numbers.”
Jeff Mason issued a tepid denial to Tucker, claiming Concha distorted his words. While the media claims that Trump opposes ALL media, the president has repeatedly said he’s against “fake news” and biased reporting, not the media itself.
“I’m not against the media; I’m against the fake media,” Trump said. “I think the media is great. If I do something bad, treat me badly. But they don’t tell it like it is.”
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