Democratic Lawmaker Tries Making 'Intimidating the Press' a Federal Crime
Headbutting a person in the nose is no bueno. Especially if the attack is politically motivated. Criticizing a member of the press for their peevish bias, on the other hand, isn't an attack (see CNN’s Ratings Nosedive After Being Confirmed As Fake News… and KARMA: 3 CNN Employees Forced to Resign After Pushing Trump-Russia Fake News).
This California Democrat can't tell the difference between the two. And he wants to make "attacking" journalists a federal crime.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) introduced the “Journalist Protection Act” in the House Monday which would make attacking or intimidating journalists a federal crime. “President Donald Trump’s campaign and administration have created a toxic atmosphere,” Swalwell claimed. “It’s not just about labelling reports of his constant falsehoods as #FakeNews – it’s his casting of media personalities and outlets as anti-American targets, and encouraging people to engage in violence.”
By "encouraging people to engage in violence," he's referring to things like this:
“Not all attacks on journalists this year have been committed by Trump supporters,” Swalwell admitted, “but the fact remains that rhetoric emanating from the world’s most powerful office is stoking an environment in which these attacks proliferate. We must send a loud, clear message that such violence won’t be tolerated.”
Thus far the bill is vague and ambiguous. Understanding it is difficult. Much like trying to tell the silhouette of a potato apart from the silhouette of Michael Moore. Impossible.
Again, the language in the bill doesn't give a clear definition of an "attack on journalists." The small blurb implicates public disagreement with large news outlets could possibly constitute "violence." In which case, the bill would suppress free speech. Conversely, if the bill refers to only physical violence, it would help to protect conservatives like Ben Shapiro and Steven Crowder. So maybe good, maybe bad.
Opposing leftist propaganda is not violence. It's healthy for society. Calling out a news medium for pushing fake news is permissable. Nay, nay, quite needed. Physically attacking a reporter, however, is never called for. Control thy caveman urges.
Speaking of which, Trump called out CNN on their biased coverage. Watch the savagery once again below.