Media claims it is oppressed because of Trump, that is absurd
The Committee to Protect Journalists, a group alleging to promote press freedom and the rights of journalists, awarded President Donald Trump the “Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom” in its “Press Oppressors” awards this week. The story was giddily retweeted across the liberal Twitterverse, because, one imagines, people actually believe it.Many in the media seem frustrated that Trump does not agree with their criticism. Obviously, many of them don't agree with Trump's criticism of them. If that is oppression it seems mutual. Real oppression for the media is being arrested and pursued with criminal charges. That was more likely to happen under Obama.
Watching Trump and the media slap fight like a couple of sloshed Real Housewives hasn’t done wonders for the country, granted. But setting aside the melodrama, and the kabuki theater, and the symbiotic relationship between the two, the fact is that self-serving complaints about American press freedoms being in peril are unqualified bunk.
For one thing, the very breadth and intensity of the anti-Trump press illustrates there are few inhibitions or no strictures on their freedom of expression. Trump’s attacks on journalists — some of it brought on by their own shoddy and partisan behavior — are often unseemly and unhealthy, but it hasn’t stopped anyone from engaging, investigating, writing, saying, protesting or sharing their deep thoughts with the entire group.
Every day. All the time.
That’s not to say average Americans don’t have plenty of reasons to be worried about the future of free expression. There are forces gathering that aspire to criminalize dissent and punish Americans for their unpopular opinions. Many of the loudest voices crying out about Trump’s fascism, in fact, either fully support, are complicity silent or rationalize these efforts.