Trump Pledges to Investigate Comcast for “Country Threatening Treason”

In a chilling message, former President Trump pledged to investigate Comcast if he is elected in 2024. Trump insisted that the parent company for NBC and MSNBC “will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage of people, things, and events.” The stated grounds are “country threatening treason.” The pledge is not simply a threat to these news organizations but to the Constitution. While Trump has a history of reckless rhetoric, the statement on Truth Social is an attack on core First Amendment values that define us as a nation.

I have been highly critical of the network for bias and sometimes flawed analysis. It is often the focus of my warnings that we have drifted into a type of de facto state media by consent rather than coercion. Much of this challenged coverage concerns Trump. The vast majority of the public views the media as biased.

I have also long criticized Trump for reckless rhetoric, particularly his repeated reference to the media as the “enemy of the people.”

I have also criticized Democrats who have pressured cable providers to drop Fox and attacked journalists challenging Biden policies.

This is a further escalation of that rhetoric and it is wrong regardless of the complaints over the coverage at NBC/MSNBC.

Trump stated:

“[t]hey are almost all dishonest and corrupt, but Comcast, with its one-side and vicious coverage by NBC NEWS, and in particular MSNBC, often and correctly referred to as MSDNC (Democrat National Committee!), should be investigated for its ‘Country Threatening Treason.

I say up front, openly, and proudly, that when I WIN the Presidency of the United States, they and others of the LameStream Media will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage of people, things, and events.

The Fake News Media should pay a big price for what they have done to our once great Country!”

The bigger price would be paid by our constitutional system if such retaliatory actions are taken against critical media companies by a president. The independent press remains a critical protection for this nation despite its flaws. The only thing worst than a biased media is a government that investigates reporters as traitors for their coverage.

While the echo chamber of news is a serious problem for this country, it is a matter for the public to resolve in the market for news.  Many news organizations are struggling, including the Washington Post, due to the loss of readers.

The media plays a critical role in our political system. Despite false stories in the last few years, the media often serves to check government abuse by uncovering waste, lies, and unlawful conduct from the Pentagon Papers to Watergate.

Notably, it is unlikely that there is a “there there” in any investigation other than bias. The lock-step coverage of the media from the false Russian collusion claims to false stories like the migrant whipping story is due to the loss of objectivity in journalism. It is consensual rather than conspiratorial. It is also wrong, but that wrong will not be righted by unleashing the government on the media.

I have supported an investigation into the government engaging in “censorship by surrogate” on social media and the Congress can demand answers on the government’s actions vis-a-vis the media. However, targeting the media to be investigated for treason is a threat to free press values.

In 1789, Edmund Burke pointed to the media (which often criticized him) in Parliament and said “there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all.”

The defining moment for this country came with the trial of publisher John Peter Zenger by the Crown in New York. Gov. William Cosby used language very similar to Trump’s in unleashing his government on the newspaper. Cosby declared that the paper was publishing “divers scandalous, virulent, false and seditious reflections.” He ordered four editions to be burned publicly.

The jury refused to allow the abuse and acquitted Zenger. From that time, respect for the independence of the press has remained part of our DNA despite our disagreements with coverage.

James Madison called press freedom “the choicest privilege of the people.”

Running for president on a platform of investigating the press may be popular, but it is dangerous and it is wrong.


316 thoughts on “Trump Pledges to Investigate Comcast for “Country Threatening Treason””

  1. This didn’t even need to be predicted. This is nothing new for Trump. This is the playbook of all wannabe authoritarians. It will get worse. Not sure why Jon is surprised.

  2. The left always projects.

    The left has been canceling everyone they possibly can, the EU-lefties have codified criticisms of their stupidity and our left will try to follow, we effectively have online fatwas against anyone that even so much as “misgenders” lefty snowflakes and you say Trump is dictatorial?

    Just stop being a clown, mkay? Your boorish and superficial analyses, while I’m sure they play to the lefty morons needing to confirm their insane biases, don’t stand-up to any reasonable analyses.

  3. Trump is absolutely correct here and Turley is crashing into a ditch with this wild accusation of anti constitution BS. It is completely legitimate to make sure that these powerful media orgs are not operating in a way that is intended to damage our nation. It is very likely that some are at the behest of other nations. Turley thinks we should turn a blind eye to this. I disagree.

  4. The biggest false story in the media in the past few years was “Trump’s election was stolen by fraudulent Dominion voting machines.” This false story was a pro-Trump one, and promoted by Fox and other right wing media, and resulted in nearly a billion dollar defamation verdict.

    When Turley can find a story in the mainstream or left wing media which rivals that one in an anti-Trump way, then we can talk. Trump is the beneficiary, not the victim, of the worst of the media bias an falsehoods in this country.

    1. No. The biggest false story ever in the media was that a duly elected POTUS was an agent of Russia, elected by Russian interference.

    2. When Turley can find a story in the mainstream or left wing media which rivals that one in an anti-Trump way,

      Sure Just ignore the Federal govt spying on a candidate for President. Then assigning a special prosecutor to investigate the Newly elected President….ALL triggered by his political opponent, conspiring with Russia spies to spread rumors. What was all of that? Four years in length?

  5. # Situational Awareness / Threat Analysis: THOMAS JEFFERSON on “Fake News”: “NOTHING can be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” George Washington said the same thing and we should “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” Malcolm X warned “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people that are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” David Rockefeller / Bildeberg’s (ET AL) praised the media 1991 “We are grateful to the Washington Post, New York Times, Time magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion of almost 40 years.” — CIA Dir William Colby 1981 “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American people believe is false.” ZBIG said the same thing – Perhaps after reading Carl Bernstein 1974 “CIA And the Media” – We have been “living” under UNCONSTITUTIONAL EMERGENCY POWERS / AUTHORIZATIONS OVERRIDES since 9/11. We know THEY lie. I was interviewed by NYT,WAPO,60 Minutes 2006 about my warnings of the MILITARY INDUSTRIAL SURVEILLANCE COMPLEX / or as FBI Dir Chris Wray just called the DOJ/FBI “Business Community Partners” spying on US citizens “all the time”. ALL “spiked” the story (YEARS pre-Snowden) because it was “too complicated”- SO- where’s the equal amount of concern for HISTORIC / DOCUMENTED STATE-SPONSORED / CONTROLLED Propaganda / DIS-MIS-MAL INFORMATION? – Peace? Mark J. Novitsky EPHESIANS 6:12

  6. Dems across spectrum are calling on Menendez to resign. Not a single GOP candidate or office holder will condemn Trump or Gosar for musing about Milley being executed. Attention folks: these parties are not the same. The Republicans are moving towards fascism.

    1. Anonymous: “Dems across spectrum are calling on Menendez to resign.” You bought that, didn’t you! Notice they’re not calling for Biden to resign. They’ve run out of indictments for Trump, so now they have to dip into their reserve of low-hanging fruit to distract the public from Biden’s crimes. Menendez has been corrupt for years, and Democrats knew it. Like the guy said: his crime was not corruption…it was ostentation. Menendez just couldn’t be discreetly corrupt, so he got snagged. A smoke screen for Biden.

      1. Menendez has been indicted. Biden has not.

        And so far, the GOP inquiry has no evidence that Biden has committed crimes.

    2. I didn’t see Trump musing about Milley being executed, but it reminds me of UpstateFarmer producing a year’s worth of bacon.

      1. Creekan,
        Hey, man, my hogs dont eat junk food. All pasture raised with some sweet feed to make sure they get their vitamins and minerals. They have an extra porky flavor. And the bacon . . . beautiful! I cure it with a pecan maple syrup. Like candy!

  7. Despite Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric as President, he remained within Constitutional boundaries. That is why the left can only point to his rhetoric.

    The Democrats who use the same inflammatory rhetoric act outside Constitutional boundaries to the extent that there is a pipeline between the Biden Administration and the media. Moreover, the Democrat President of the US is corrupt and has knowingly sold American security to our enemies for personal profit.

    We are presently involved in a war in Ukraine due to corruption and policy based on serving one’s friends for financial and political support by Democrats. We may see one million dead for no reason because a war there was unnecessary except to satisfy the needs of a few for financial and political reasons.

    Without question, Putin is a tyrant. To a great extent, so is the Biden Administration, and we can hang this war on them. The other tyrant alone would not have caused this war to occur.

    I don’t support some of Trump’s rhetoric, but he didn’t get us into war and made the world more peaceful. Biden couldn’t extract us from a war in Afghanistan, where an excellent method for removal of our troops existed. However, Biden’s rhetoric and corruption have placed us in a war situation where no one benefits and the harm to middle-class America is overwhelming.

    1. Good for the left. It would have credibility if it weren’t all that it is and led by corrupt aholes. But keep pointing away from the mirror and pretending you are not the problem.

      1. Bad US foreign policy and NATO expansion Eastward is the reason there is a war today.
        Foreign policy experts have written about it for over a decade.
        They proved to be correct.

        1. No. Putin is the reason that Russia invaded Ukraine. Just what US policy are you claiming accounts for Putin CHOOSING to invade another country? What other invaders do you give a pass to?

    2. “Biden couldn’t extract us from a war in Afghanistan, where an excellent method for removal of our troops existed.”

      What was that method, and why did Trump not use it when he was in office for four years?

      1. “why did Trump not use it “

        He did and that is why things were peaceful after Trump’s drawdown of forces. It is obvious you know nothing about Afghanistan.

    3. Stupid people hang on to political things that are, political. Smarter one’s deal with reality and critical thinking, but that is something one will never get from you.

  8. Treasonous, no.
    A gross disservice to the American people, yes.
    MSM does not deserve our attention let alone our respect.
    Gulligan’s Island has more worth.

  9. JT is justified in criticizing Trump’s threats to the media, but consider the last seven years of his life. First, he was spied on by the FBI during his first campaign. Then, after being fairly elected, the MSM and the Democratic decided to “resist” his Presidency. For almost three years, he was the victim of a hoax that he and Putin conspired to keep Princess Hillary from ascending to the throne. Then, of course, throughout his Presidency, we suffered the drumbeat of MSM stories twisting his every word to make him look like the Village Idiot or worse (e.g., injecting bleach into our veins to fight COVID). Then, rigging the 2020 election to deny him what would probably have been his re-election. Then, accusing of him of attempting to overthrow the government by daring to legally challenge the 2020 election. Then, using the legal system at the federal level, and in states with rabid Democrat prosecutors, to attempt to jail him for the rest of his life either on dubious legal theories (not reflecting blackmail payments in business records) or for actions that other Presidents had taken without consequence (keeping possession of classified documents upon leaving office; challenging the results of a Presidential election). Trump has been the most persecuted politician in the history of the country, a kind of Dreyfus on steroids. Anyone might go off kilter with this kind of history.

  10. Leftist ideologues have captured Academia and the Media. When Trump calls attention to this fact, Leftists pompously pretend that Trump is a threat to freedom of the press. The “freedom” they must protect is the freedom to lie, twist, distort, manipulate and conceal the truth about events. The idea that Trump or any other Republican could succesfully wield the leftist-infiltrated Agencies and democrat-controlled bureaucracies against Comcast or any other media entity is preposterous. Yet the Leftists must act as though this could actually occur, in order to stir up Fear of Trump.

  11. “It is consensual rather than conspiratorial.” That’s Turley’s opinion which he treats as acknowledged fact, much like his opinion that there was no fraud in the 2020 elections. This trend of reporting opinion as fact and expecting everyone else to follow along is exactly the problem. If there was a conspiracy, don’t we need to know it?

  12. Jonathan: MAGA supporters on your blog are not going to like your comments on DJT’s continued attacks on press and the First Amendment. This is not something new with the Trumpster. From day one of his administration DJT attacked the media. He sued both the NY Times and the WP for defamation because he didn’t like their coverage. He lost both cases. In his latest deranged attacks DJT has revealed his true stripes–a wannabe dictator who treats any media criticism as “treasonous”.

    But it’s not just the press. DJT has accused outgoing Joint Chiefs Chair Mark Milley of “treason”. Why? Because Milley refused to go along with DJT’s coup attempt and assured the Chinese there would be no US attack on that country. Now, DJT says this about Milley: “This guy turned out to be a Woke train wreck…in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH!”. There is another reason DJT hates Milley. The former Chair will probably be a witness against him in Jack Smith’s Jan. 6 criminal prosecution and DJT knows the respected General’s testimony could be devastating for DJT’s defense. DJT has gone to the dark side of Mafia capos by threatening witnesses with DEATH if they testify against him.

    1. What do you have against cancel culture? In a world where the left imposes blasphemy laws against genitally-focused insane people and any other manufactured special interest homogenization, calling out the baseless and often knowingly false accusations against him, Trump is simply standing up for himself against the cabal of Swamp creatures that hate the fact they weren’t (and again soon won’t be) completely in power.

      Milley is a swamp whore representing his MIC and BlackRock/Vanguard overlords; hopefully soon all such whores will swing for their treasons. Deal with it.

      Trump isn’t the ‘mafia,’ those he opposes and you defend are.

    2. Donald Trump has a very well-developed sense of justice. Almost ethereal or otherworldly. And is always on alert to it. One of his best qualities, I think. And I think he was born to take them and many others.

    3. “Jonathan: MAGA supporters on your blog are not going to like your comments on DJT’s continued attacks on press and the First Amendment. ”

      Dennis, yesterday you made a similar comment, and I, as a supporter of Trump, responded why you were wrong. I received no response from my three polite responses on that posting, but now, without reply, I can only assume you have run away once again with your tail between your legs.

      Your assumptions about MAGA supporters are wrong like they were yesterday. I have no complaints about Jonathan’s comments, though I believe sometimes, despite his brilliance, he remains naive.

      As a strong supporter of Trump, I do not have to agree with everything he says. He doesn’t expect me to. I don’t even have to like some of his tweets. They are not consequential. What is relevant are his policies and what he did. All the rest is a distraction because he was the best president of the 21st century and ranks high against other presidents.

      Of course, I will listen if you discuss his accomplishments as long as your data is accurate. You don’t deal with policy, so intelligent discussion of these matters is impossible. You are too temperamental and focus on your emotions rather than reality.

    4. “From day one of his administration DJT attacked the media.”

      Trump has had good reason to attack the media. They lied and used anonymous sources. They didn’t use facts or logic. When I say this, I am saying it after the fact because now we have proof that the NYT and WP were wrong on all the significant issues and lied.

      As usual, you attack with false logic and incomplete or erroneous facts. Then you run away.

    5. Milley telling the Chinese that he’d give them a warning if we were going to attack them wasn’t treason, so long as he didn’t intend to actually keep his word. If he told them that sincerely, then it was treason. Keeping his word, if it came to that, would certainly be treason, and would deserve execution.

  13. With courts skeptical, Biden outsources misinfo policing to researchers, reelection campaign

    Now that kind of thing, I would like to see if not an investigation at least an audit to see exactly what misinformation they are looking for and was it worth that kind of money.

  14. Trump should investigate the Propaganda Minister(s) of the U.S. Media Outlets – However it would most likely get him assassinated.
    The Main Stream Media has become the Third Reich Media System.
    The Mein Kampf blueprint of NBC/MSNBC/CBS/PBS/FOX/CNN/NYT/… is delivering the Think Tank Mantras full blast.
    The continuous Streaming of Disinformation-as-information Ball of Confusion is well honed and scripted to the Tee.
    The Tanks think We need WW3 and They are going to have it.

    What you see going on in America Today was yesterdays Ukrainian Mafia run State of the State (Українська мафія). Corruption [.]
    Media is there to Legitimize the Syndicates and disguise the Players. The U.S. Military Industrial Complex is the Legitimatized Mafia of the Weapons Trade in the Western World.

    Who’s really behind it? There is nothing wrong in asking that question. Except losing your Life
    (Seth Rich was going to answer that question with a USB Stick of Emails & Data, Julian Assange was divulging the answers, … Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, David Bromwich, Robert Kuttner, Richard Cohen, Ezra Klein, Roman Protasevich, Jamal Khashoggi, Taha Siddiqui, … dissident journalist)

    This Ukrainian War is there to feed the Odesa Mafia – They know and control the Weapons Trade Routes well.

  15. If an organization reports their bias and not truth are they the “press”?
    If an organization knowingly reports unsubstantiated government leaks are they the “press”?
    If an organization refuses to report the obvious problems in a nation (illegal border incursion, government corruption) are they the “press”?
    I’m not sure there’s many organizations today that are the “press”?

    1. The freedom of the press does not refer to any organization. It refers to every person’s equal right to publish whatever they like. Including bias, untruths, and unsubstantiated leaks. Or to not publish whatever they don’t like, including “obvious problems”. Nobody has an obligation to publish anything they don’t want to.

  16. Another reason to not watch MSM.
    Support independent media, like Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss and her The Free Press.

    1. Upstate, you got that right. I never watch MSM any more, precisely because everything they say is garbage, or more specifically, DNC propaganda. The bias is so thick you can cut it with a knife. It is not actual news. Thus, a complete waste of the viewer’s time.

      1. OldManFromKS,
        A year ago we had a family get together and rented a Air-BNB.
        Had the misfortune to have to suffer about 10 minutes of Morning Joe.
        It was not news. It was DNC paid info-mercial.

        I do not understand how people proclaim to be journalists, pushing their thinly disguised opinion or activism journalism as news. NPR has lead the way with their so called news.
        Did see a study that found people with journalism degrees regretted their choice.

          1. Did you read the part where I said,
            “Another reason to not watch MSM.
            Support independent media, like Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss and her The Free Press.”

            So, let me explain it to you and I will use small words so you can understand.
            I do not watch Fox News. I have not had cable in over a decade. I can honestly say I have never seen that Hannity guy and Tucker Carlson twice. Once was bit on NPR which he was spot on. And the second time he had some crazy lady crying that Trump had his finger on the button and kept repeating the phrase, “In the name of humanity!”
            Infowars? Breitbart? No. And no.

            I get my news from INDEPENDENT MEDIA. As I stated above at 9:00am. I have a paid subscription to The Free Press.
            I will occasionally read the Messenger, The Hill, Just The News, Full Measure and a few economic or farm related blogs.
            Once in awhile I will tune in NPR in the truck to see how far activist journalism they have gone. Pretty dang far. IIRC Matt Taibbi had a great article about how far NPR had fallen and everything now was about race and sex. He was spot on.

            1. You are getting Fox News right here by following Turley, also on the Hill. If the same people say the same things in a different venue, how is it different. Some of your “INDEPENDENT MEDIA” sources are no less biased than the ones you don’t watch. Would you consider Matt Taibbi to be fair and balanced? I don’t disagree with everything he says but his conclusions are very slanted. Still, you do better than most here so I give you some credit. I do watch a little Fox News and you haven’t missed anything. You literally haven’t missed it because Turley brings you Fox-lite on a regular basis.

              1. Is today’s column Fox News? Are all professor Turley’s columns Fox News?
                Are you really lumping The Hill with Fox News? Seriously?
                The good professor also writes for USA Today and The Messenger. Is that USA Today or The Messenger-lite too? Or is really Fox News? Do tell us.

                Yes, Independent media does have their degree of bias but they also call out MSM, and the government more so than MSM. They did the deep dive into the Twitter Files and showed us exactly how Big Tech colluded with the government to suppress or censor people or narratives that they did not approve of.
                MSM is terrified of Independent media as Independent media is more trustworthy, and in some cases have larger paid subscriptions then some MSM outlets. And for good reason.

                1. Which would you prefer me to believe, that Turley writes one thing here and wouldn’t have the nerve to say the same thing on television to his Fox audience (I actually do believe that), or that he’s consistent without regard to the venue?

                  I don’t “trust” what passes as news from many sources including those you would call the MSM. One of the least trustworthy sources is Jonathan Turley who typically misstates what the news is and then tells you why Democrats (usually only Democrats) have things wrong. Today was somewhat of an exception though he was careful to include Democrats as well to offset his criticism of Trump.

                  1. I am perfectly indifferent to what you think.
                    What I think and have seen reading the good professors columns on other outlets is he is consistent in his writings regardless of venue.

                    If you find the good professor least trustworthy then why are you even bothering?

                    1. He is untrustworthy but also influential. I believe his words will ultimately be used as justification for the inevitable impeachment of Biden (that will fail miserably in the Senate) just as he got his “impeachment inquiry” without a vote in the House. I come hear to know what’s being said, to participate in the debates until the inevitable name calling (from others) and trolling that take up the whole discussion, and to occasionally get inspiration for my own writing.

          2. @enigma

            You are a brainwashed freakin’ idiot. You are the person that will think nothing was ever wrong because other people fixed it for you before you noticed. Go blow, enigma. You are either privileged in the extreme and thus insulated, paid, or some combination thereof. It isn’t going to help, find a non-selfish bone in your body, if you have one. You are getting tiresome, and your idiotic words don’t help anyone.

            1. James,
              I disagree.
              While Enigma is brainwashed, which is clearly obvious, what he fails to comprehend and I have commented on more than a few occasions is the good professor is not a paid Fox News lackey. The good professor writes for The Hill (left leaning), USA Today (very left leaning), the Messenger (kinda a mix honestly), and the NY Post (more right-ish). But he has always been consistent in his stance on subjects and his writings on any news outlet.
              What people like Enigma fail to acknowledge is the good professor is a life long Democrat. It is not that he is pro-Trump or Republican. He is pro-traditional Democrat. The party of the blue collar worker. The party of the unions. The party of free speech and the 1st1A.
              No. The good professor is pointing out how much the Democrat party has left those historic positions behind and have become the party of Big Tech, Big Pharma, MSM, the MIC, forever wars, the party of censorship, the anti-Constitutional party, the party of anti-womens rights, the party of sexualizing of children, the party of corruption.
              They are everything the good professor is against.
              He is just trying to point it out.

              1. Upstate Farmer, you may recall Malcolm X. Enigmain is a wannabe Malcolm X. Recall the demise of Malcolm X: he was shot and killed by one of his own peers of Nation of Islam, Thomas Hagan aka Mujahid Abdul Halim. Such is their fringe ideology – no depth, no intellectual foundation, all emotive, just like Malcolm X’s rhetoric and sadly his demise. After Thomas Hagan was released from prison after 40 years for killing Malcolm X, he stated that he disavowed the movement, one which he formerly had taken an oath to uphold.

                Misery loves company. You shall know a man by his works. Trust Enigmain when he shows us that he is a miserable human being bent on destroying all in his path, except his own “kind”….like Thomas Hagan

              2. I could write a diatribe about the ills of the Democratic Partybut the bar Republicans set is so low they’re the lesser of two evils. I question how you claim the Democrats are “anti-women’s rights” while Republicans are criminalizing everything associated with abortion and greatly reducing healthcare for women by closing down clinics that provide a variety of services. Didn’t Trump recently suggest suspending the Constitution. Republicans didn’t even have a party platform in 2020, they are only against things generally, only favoring tax cuts for the rich and an Supreme Court not bound by an ethics code. When was the last time the good professor called himself a Democrat. The Hill is nowhere near left leaning and the New York Post is little different than InfoWars. Professor Turley does espouse views on Fox News he won’t in USA Today, he sits on panels where others say things he knows not to be true and merely smiles. People that know him say he’s changed. I don’t know him like that and can only speak to what he does, misleads his audience and blames Democrats for behavior he ignores when Republicans do it.

                1. ” I question how you claim the Democrats are “anti-women’s rights”

                  Men in women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.
                  Men competing with women in sports.

                  1. Assuming you’re the same “Someone” who declared Black people a “demonic race.” Should you really be speaking to demons?

                    “James has been vaccinated against your ilk. The crime stats show clearly that the US doesn’t have a race problem so much as it has a problem race. For decades, blacks have been nurtured into a racist, violent, demonic, hyper-entitled force of evil. The government is their biggest ally in aiding and abetting their destruction of US cities and culture.”

                    1. “Assuming you’re the same “Someone” who declared Black people a “demonic race.””

                      You assume everyone you disagree with is racist. Look in a mirror. That was a stupid comment by another, but that other fits close to you, not me.

                      White, red, yellow, black or brown are the same to me, but you seem interested in creating divisions rather than healing the cracks.

                    2. I assume, no I know that the “Someone” you say you aren’t made an incredibly racist statement. If you want to be distinguished from others hiding behind the same anonymous description, try setting yourself apart. I don’t have to assume anyone is a racist, sooner or later, those who are self-identify.

              1. James has been vaccinated against your ilk. The crime stats show clearly that the US doesn’t have a race problem so much as it has a problem race. For decades, blacks have been nurtured into a racist, violent, demonic, hyper-entitled force of evil. The government is their biggest ally in aiding and abetting their destruction of US cities and culture.

  17. Turley overshoots the runway in this one. Trump often says things that are outrageous by lawyerly standards but that’s OK, Trump is not a lawyer. Besides, the average Jane or Joe that likes him likes to hear such statements that seem to resonate with their own sentiments. As for the underlying wisdom here, what should we call it when senior reporters for the NY Times and Washington Post get calls from FBI pals or via intermediaries (like a Columbia Law School professor) to plant fake news stories alleging fake crimes by political opponents? Is a reporter shielded from legal consequences for writing a story that is false and based on lies fed to her by an FBI agent or some other “reliable and confidential government source”? In 2018, the NY Times and The Washington Post were awarded Pulitzer Prizes, according to the Pulitzer board, “For deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest.” The reported coverage in the public interest, the board said, “dramatically furthered the nation’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the president-elect’s transition team and his eventual administration.” Yet, endless investigation by congress, the media, and, ultimately, a special counsel, determined that none of these Pulitzer stories were true but, instead, based on a DNC-funded “dossier” known to be false all along by the government that helped fuel the media’s relentless reporting in the public interest. With all due respect, Counsellor Turley, should we just forget about it and move on like it never happened?

    1. Is a reporter shielded from legal consequences for writing a story that is false and based on lies fed to her by an FBI agent or some other “reliable and confidential government source”?

      Yes. And so is anyone else; reporters are not special. The first amendment protects everyone equally from any legal consequences for writing whatever they like.

  18. Trump should be asked whether, in light of the First Amendment, he would again urge that the Constitution be “suspended” so that biased media outlets can be investigated for treasonous reporting.

  19. “Trump pledged to investigate Comcast [. . .] The stated grounds are ‘country threatening treason.’”

    To those demanding revenge for the D’s censorship and politicizing the law: There is your revenge. And it’s not pretty.

    Those driven by blood-lust destroy the very ideas they claim to value: Free speech and limited government.

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