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Donald Trump's war on free speech

First Amendment Watch: November 2016

Following is a list of President-elect Donald Trump’s attacks on the media — and demonstrations of disregard for the press — from Election Day through the end of November.

December 2, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Ohio

5 Deeply Obnoxious Things We Learned About Donald Trump This Week

Donald Trump spent Thanksgiving week leaking his potential cabinet picks, making Mitt Romney grovel, and turning down security briefings.

November 27, 2016
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Are Donald Trump’s Tweets Igniting A Culture War?

Twitter became a potent tool for Trump because it dovetails with the demands of today’s political environment: delivering brief, blunt statements that because of their pithiness seem authentic — truthful or not.

November 23, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Debate

Don’t Lock Her Up? Conway Confirms Trump Won’t Pursue Clinton Probes On Email, Charity

Addressing the report in an interview with MSNBC, senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway did not deny it and indicated it was correct.

November 22, 2016
Trump takes on the New York TImes

Complaining About ‘Nasty’ Tone, Trump Cancels Meeting With New York Times

“I canceled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice,” Trump said in a Twitter post.

November 22, 2016
Trump lashes out at the press on Twitter

Trump’s Transition Signals He Will Continue To Be Incredibly Hostile To The Press

During the campaign, the Committee to Protect Journalists declared Trump an “unprecedented threat” to free press. So far, his transition has indicated that won’t be changing anytime soon.

November 17, 2016
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How False Equivalence Ruins Trump-Clinton News Coverage

News outlets covering the presidential election have made the mistake of treating Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as two equally flawed candidates. That false equivalence has made it harder for voters to understand the categorical differences between their options on November 8.

October 22, 2016
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‘Civilized’ Nation Can’t Justify Torture

Chances are you haven’t thought about Guantanamo Bay – that American gulag – for a long time. Not everyone has the luxury of forgetting.

October 18, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, Colorado, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Experts: Trump’s Legal Threat Against New York Times ‘A Pure Loser’

Donald Trump’s threats to The New York Times for reporting allegations that he committed sexual assault are legally far-fetched and provide a troubling portrait of how a Trump administration would handle the press.

October 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up signs at the end of a campaign rally in Lakeland, Florida, U.S., October 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Segar

Two Women Tell New York Times That Trump Touched Them Inappropriately

CBS showed clips from its show Entertainment Tonight in 1992 with Trump addressing a group of 10-year-old girls, telling them he would be dating one of them in 10 years. He was 46 at the time.

October 13, 2016
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Excerpt: Behind The Secretly Funded Right-Wing Attack On The Clinton Foundation

For conservative funders seeking to take down the most formidable Democratic presidential contender, Schweizer offered not just audacity and experience but his own nonprofit. As president of the Government Accountability Institute in Tallahassee, Florida, he could accept millions of dollars in tax-exempt funds for research, promotion, and expenses (including his $200,000 annual salary) from foundations and individuals. And unlike the Clintons, who had disclosed decades of tax returns and more than 300,000 foundation donors, Schweizer didn’t have to reveal any of his funders.

October 9, 2016
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Exclusive Excerpt 2: ‘Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton’

What they found in the flattened villages left Bill Clinton and his companions stunned, stricken, overwhelmed. There simply wasn’t much left of those places, their small stone houses and concrete storefronts all tumbled into a jagged rubble of rocks, broken red roof tiles, and smashed wood beams, all strewn amid streets that nobody had cleared, two months after the quake.

September 18, 2016
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Exclusive Excerpt: ‘Man Of The World: The Further Endeavors Of Bill Clinton’

There was no means of escape from the gang of perhaps a dozen or so reporters, which felt to Bill Clinton like a horde of hundreds who suddenly had total access to him. Nor did Clinton feel he could simply walk away without answering any of their questions—some friendly, some not so friendly.

September 13, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

How Clinton Emails Became The New Whitewater: A ‘Scandal’ In Search Of A Crime

Recall that Whitewater, the-hard-to-follow pseudo-scandal sponsored by The New York Times in the 1990s, dragged on so long that it became hard to recall what the Clintons’ alleged original sin was. (Losing money on a real estate deal is against the law?)

August 16, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at Futuramic Tool & Engineering in Warren, Michigan August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

The Latest Clinton Email ‘Scandal’ Is Still…No Scandal

Everyone in Washington, including the reporters who wrote these breathless stories, knows that the same kind of communications have occurred every day, at every level of government, for the past hundred years. It’s only a “scandal” if the Clinton Foundation is involved.

August 12, 2016
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WATCH: This Is What Goes On At Trump Rallies

According to the footage released earlier this week, Trump rallies are a space where his supporters feel comfortable expressing extreme and racist, offensive behavior.

August 5, 2016
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Endorse This: Trump’s Boorish Behavior ‘Comes With The Dinner’: ‘Morning Joe’

“It’s boorish behavior, you wouldn’t want it occurring to your daughter by a guy, but it’s Donald Trump.”

May 16, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a town hall event at the Navajo Nation casino in Flagstaff

Tax Transparency: Sanders Again Promises Full Disclosure

It is also puzzling that the media generally and the top newspaper editorial pages in particular remain so tolerant of stonewalling on taxes by all the candidates. That wasn’t their attitude toward disclosure four years ago, when Mitt Romney tried that strategy.

April 11, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with Los Angles mayor Eric Garcetti at her side (L) during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016. REUTERS/David McNew

Only The Ballot Box Can Beat Clinton, Not Bogus ‘Scandals’

When the corrections and retractions reach critical mass and the “investigative” articles start to read like Henry James novels — i.e. diffuse and impenetrable — the end of a given “scandal” episode is near.

April 6, 2016
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Why Do Voters Say Hillary Clinton Is Untrustworthy?

You might be sick of hearing about Hillary’s damn emails, but they’re still getting coverage.

March 28, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he leads the news media on a tour of the construction site of the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Trump Questions NATO, Asia Nuclear Weapons Ahead Of Washington Summit

In another sharp departure from historic U.S. policy, Trump said in an interview published on Sunday by The New York Times that he would consider letting Japan and South Korea build their own nuclear weapons, rather than rely on America for protection against North Korea and China.

March 27, 2016
New York Times Building

Former NYT Executive Editor Tells Politico: The Times Gives Hillary Clinton Unfair Scrutiny

“Where I think Hillary Clinton faces, you know, certainly more of a burden is that the controversies she’s been in are immediately labeled, you know, Travel-gate or Email-gate… if you actually asked people what about any of these controversies bothers them, they don’t know anything specific about any of them.”

March 21, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidates former Governor Jeb Bush and businessman Donald Trump (R) look at Trump's watch together near the end of the debate held by Fox Business Network for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

‘NY Times’: Trump’s “Mammoth Advantage In Free Media” Helps Him Win Primary After Primary

The New York Times reported on March 15 that part of the reason Trump “wins primary after primary with one of the smallest campaign budgets” is that he “dominates” earned media.

March 15, 2016
How many votesdoes Hillary Clinton have?

Hillary Clinton: “I’ve Gotten More Votes Than Anybody Running On Either Side”

Is she right? My back-of-the-envelope calculations show that Clinton has received more than 4.1 million votes in primaries and caucuses.

March 6, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally where New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed Trump's candidacy for president, in Fort Worth, Texas

1922 Description Of Hitler Echoes 2016 Description Of Trump

The New York Times’ first mention of Adolf Hitler sounds incredibly similar to current depictions of Donald Trump.

March 3, 2016