Red State recently published this John McCain quote criticizing Trump’s treatment of the Press:
“If you want to preserve, I am very serious now … democracy as we know it, you have to have a free –– and many times adversarial –– press. And without it, I am afraid, that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time.”
I completely agree that a free press is essential to a free society; however, this is not the argument that needs to be made. We can have a free press, yet still have the right to push back on the press. The press is not above criticism. Especially when the press is happy to shoot first and ask questions later, and completely disregard the truth.
Last I looked, Trump was criticizing the press, not banning them. Yet the media is trying to set a narrative that they’re the poor victims of Trump’s critical tweets and that he’s trying to eliminate their existence.
In a perfect world, I would like a press that is critical of both parties. If Obama received only half the amount of negative coverage that Trump is receiving, he would of been a one term President.
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. For now, we can only push back against a very dishonest media. There’s nothing wrong with doing that.