Friday, February 17, 2017

I guess this is what you call a "constitutional scholar"

ABC News chief political analyst: Trump undermines Constitution by not calling on mainstream media

Apparently, knowledge of the Constitution isn’t a requirement for political analysts at ABC News. On Wednesday, the Daily Caller reported that ABC News chief political analyst Matthew Dowd actually argued that President Donald Trump is undermining the First Amendment to the Constitution by not calling on operatives of the Democrat-media complex, formerly known as “reporters” in the so-called “mainstream media.”

According to the Daily Caller:

During Wednesday’s press conference, Trump limited questions to two non-mainstream media outlets: the Christian Broadcasting Network and Townhall.

Dowd argued that Trump is “shutting down part of the First Amendment by not taking questions that are going to be any way antagonistic in this.”

“I think he thinks relying on his Twitter feed, and sending it out to the millions of people that subscribe to it, and then dealing with very cozy press in this is going to be the way to get through this,” Dowd said.

Here’s video posted to Twitter by ABC:

So what, exactly, does the First Amendment say? Why, here it is:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

A post at
Cornell explains:

The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both
promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.

Funny, I don’t see anything that requires the president — or anyone else — to take questions from certain media outlets.

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