Courtesy of Mediaite:Q: Is POTUS considering a constitutional amendment to change press laws?— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 30, 2017
PRIEBUS: "I think it's something that we've looked at." pic.twitter.com/fwZRMvsEjz
While he was still a presidential candidate, Donald Trump floated out the idea of changing the libel laws to make it easier to sue media outlets over their reporting. Now that he’s president, it appears that this is potentially one promise that he’s looking to keep, commenting last month about changing the laws to go after the New York Times.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was pressed on this and he let it be known that the administration is considering going down that path. (Of course, it isn’t clear what they can do as libel laws are different in every state.)
“I think it’s something that we’ve looked at,” Priebus told host Jonathan Karl. “And how that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story.”
“So you think the president should be able to sue the New York Times for stories he doesn’t like?” Karl asked.
After Priebus said news agencies “need to be more responsible” with their reporting and Karl pushed back that the real issue here is whether Trump should “have a right to sue them,” the Trump advisor merely said he answered Karl’s question and that they are looking into it.
Okay personally I think that on the New York Times Christmas wish list is that Trump try to sue them over one of their stories about possible Russian collusion.
Could you even imagine what they would do for their journalistic credibility?
Through the roof my friends, through the roof.
By the way it took Adolph Hitler almost a full year to take over the press and bend it to his will.
So if Trump wants to outdo his idol he has a little time to work on this.