Media Claims First Amendment To Trump
What They Should Be Citing is Amendment 114
The mainstream media was out in full force on Sunday, lashing out at Donald Trump for his scathing critique of their journalistic ethics.
USA Today gave this asinine argument:
The Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld the media’s right to report on public figures, even if there are occasional inaccuracies.
They went on to quote the First Amendment as though it somehow applied to fabricating stories — otherwise known as the occasional inaccuracies with which Trump takes issue.
The First Amendment:
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
The proper citation the mainstream media should be using to defend their fabrication of stories is Amendment 114 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), known as the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012.
This amendment gives the U.S. Government and the mainstream carte blanche to disseminate whatever information they see fit, by any method they see fit — and here’s the media’s whole argument — it does not matter if that information is true or not.
Under the guise of national security, the government and/or the mainstream media can write any propaganda in order to sway public opinion — so they can fool terrorists.
Propaganda used to be reserved for foreign media only, but Amendment 114 allows the American public to be included. There is no oversight and no conditions as to what can be published as factual news.
If that wasn’t enough, it was revealed that CENTCOM oversees a project that creates realistic fake social media profiles to help aid (troll) these stories. The program was originally designed to be used overseas in foreign languages but since Amendment 114, nobody really knows to what extent it’s currently being used.
The Guardian writes:
…each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations “without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries”.
It’s known that Hillary Clinton has spent at least $1 million (likely a lot more) on hiring social media trolls, similar to the ones used against Bernie Sanders during the primaries.
Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City and the founder of StopImperialism.com. He…www.rt.com
I’m sure I don’t have to point out the irony of the media pretending to be white knights for the First Amendment while admonishing Donald Trump for calling them on false stories about him — I could only shake my head in disbelief as I read post after post from the mainstream media defending their right to lie to the public.
I’ve pointed out previously that Hillary Clinton has a huge problem when it comes to social media — Trump is completely dominating. My guess is, the more desperate the Democrats get, the more Trump bashing you’ll see from her media minions to counter.
The mainstream is not doing themselves any favors with these tactics when they are already sliding into irrelevance. This election coverage really is destroying the last remnants of credibility they had left.