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1st Amendment Under Siege: Police Target Journalists As Trump Escalates Attacks Against The Media

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Across the country, journalists are being targeted by police, facing arrest, detention, and violence, including being pepper-sprayed and shot by rubber bullets. That shocking number of attacks continued into this weekend’s protests. Meanwhile, Donald Trump signaled his approval by attacking reporters on Twitter.

Like a fascist, Trump has spent the last 3 1/2 years demeaning and discounting journalists and journalism. From the cry of “Fake News” to his idiotic adoption of Sarah Palin’s “lamestream media” to his condemnation of media as “the enemy of the people,” he has made a point of delegitimizing actual reporting in favor of his propaganda outlets, Fox News and more recently, OANN.

On Sunday, after two days of unwarranted arrests of journalists and physical attacks on them by police, Trump tweeted this:

“The Lamestream Media is doing everything within their power to foment hatred and anarchy. As long as everybody understands what they are doing, that they are FAKE NEWS and truly bad people with a sick agenda, we can easily work through them to GREATNESS!”

That reference to “truly bad people with a sick agenda” is nothing more than a dog whistle for the law-and-order types who subscribe to his autocratic outlook to take on the threat he describes and “work through them to GREATNESS.”

And the heard it. Look at what DID happen to journalists at these protests at the hands of police: Arrests and violent attacks. The video above is Ali Velshi, who was reporting on a PEACEFUL protest when all hell broke loose. The cops threw tear gas canisters and shot rubber bullets into a protest where no one was violent.

Evidence of these various attacks on journalists are too long to post all of them here, but here are some examples:

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GOP Group’s Stunning New Ad Rips Trump Over Russian Bounties: ‘You’re Either A Coward Or You’re Complicit’

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The Lincoln Project, An anti-Trump Republican Super Pac, released two knock-out anti-Trump ads taking aim at the President’s betrayal of American troops and his racism.

In the video, titled “Betrayed,” former U.S Navy SEAL Dr. Dan Barkhuff unloads on Trump, calling out his cowardice and failure to stand up to Putin.

Barkhuff looks directly at the camera while saying, “We need to send this draft dodger back to his golf courses. The lives of our troops depend on it.” The ad blew up on Twitter getting shared thousands and thousands of times.

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