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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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If You Thought Kamala Harris Was Tough On Brett Kavanaugh, Just Wait Until She Debates Mike Pence

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday selected Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate. Following the news of Biden’s selection, MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace called into her network while on vacation to point out that Harris will mop the floor with Vice President Mike Pence during debates.

“The other piece of reporting I’ve picked up in the past week was from the Trump team, that from their viewpoint, because Donald Trump has no capacity to understand that this is the selection of a person to run the government with the president, he only saw this in terms of casting for the night of primetime coverage that is the vice presidential debate, and this was the pick that scared them the most,” Wallace told MSNBC’s Brian Williams.

“They thought she would more than go toe-to-toe with [Mike] Pence, they thought she could chew him up and spit him out and pointed to her cross-examination of one Bill Barr,” she explained.

“I don’t know that there’s a better debater or questioner on the political field right now,” Wallace said. Her skill-set is unmatched in terms much being able to articulate an argument, to patiently wait to make her point and look at the argument that the democratic ticket has to make.”

Take a look at the video clip below:

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