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Notes from a journalist during the Trump years. Entry #1.

I am an enemy of the people — at least, according to the most powerful man in the world. It’s a strange time to be a journalist. The industry is falling to pieces, the president is a narcissistic maniac and we’re regularly the target of his attacks. …

Just because more unhinged critics liken him to Hitler doesn’t mean the resemblance isn’t there at all

A few days ago, here on Medium, Umair Haque published a story called: “Do Americans Understand They’re Beginning to Commit The Legal Definition of Genocide?” Its subtitle was just as juicy: “No, You Don’t Know What Genocide (Really) Is. But You Should.”

Haque’s post takes a turn toward the hyperbolic…

It violates free speech and is used cynically by government actors. We need a different approach.

(WPA Federal Art Project)

There is a reason we have the First Amendment.

That reason isn’t to protect wholesome conversations among your family and friends and not-so-wholesome conversations about what you did over the weekend. It’s to protect controversial speech.

“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t…

Thor Benson

Independent journalist. Featured in The Atlantic, Wired, Rolling Stone, Vice, The Daily Beast and elsewhere. Twitter: @thor_benson

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