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. Is there something like Batman’s bat phone that Rupert Murdoch uses to contact Turley and order a hit piece on Trump?

  2. “Bank records don’t lie but President Joe Biden does. In 2020, Joe Biden told Americans that his family never received money from China. We’ve already proved that to be a lie earlier this year, and now we know that two wires originating from Beijing listed Joe Biden’s Wilmington home as the beneficiary address when he was running for President of the United States.”

  3. The economy is in recession and headed for a serious depression. You cant print trillions of dollars and not collapse a system. History has proven this time and again. If you liberals understood basic economics you wouldn’t be liberals.

  4. Trump humiliates America’s mortal enemies. Professor Turley may clutch his pearls, and perhaps he has to in order to keep those high-brow cocktail party invites coming. But normal Americans love him (Trump) for it.

  5. “The pledge is not simply a threat to these news organizations but to the Constitution.”

    – Professor Turley

    Wait! What?

    Who “threatened” whom first; who threatened the Constitution first?

    Obama? Biden? Hillary? Garland? The FBI? The Deep Deep State “Swamp?”

    “Fundamentally transforming the United States of America” is a threat to American fundamental law, the Constitution, which requires the completion of the prescribed constitutional amendment process.

    The British Colonists in America considered being reduced under absolute Despotism an existential “threat” and wrote: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    The dogged investigator, John “Dudley Do-Right” Durham, after failing to convict the “clear and present” guilty, said they should have never done what they did. That’s nice, John. A few brief centuries ago, traitors who challenged the authority of the King would have been Drawn and Quartered, John. In 1535, Sir Thomas More was beheaded simply for refusing to attend Anne Boleyn’s coronation. But that pseudonymous Barry Soetoro had been commensurately prosecuted for his Obama Coup D’etat in America.

    Mark Zuckerburg, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page et al. revealed that the FBI acted illicitly against (i.e. treason) the President who presides over the very executive branch which the FBI is subservient to.

    Joke Buydem has done everything in his power to destroy constitutional America, from the borders to the budgets, from perpetrating a climate hoax (no fossil deeper than 7,500 ft., abiotic oil at 49,000 ft.) as a “common enemy” to funding the Iranian terrorist state, and from stopping drilling for ICE cars to compelling purchases of electric vehicles.

    Hillary conjured and paid for the dossier that launched the Obama Coup D’etat in America.

    “Special counsel John Durham concluded that the FBI should never have launched a full investigation into connections between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, according to a report compiled over three years by the Trump-administration appointee and released on Monday.”

    – BBC


    Durham’s 300-plus page report also states that the FBI used “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence,” to launch the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into Trump and Russia but used a different standard when weighing concerns about alleged election interference regarding Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Based on the review of Crossfire Hurricane and related intelligence activities, we conclude that the (Justice) Department and FBI failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in this report,” Durham wrote. The report also concludes that “at least on the part of certain personnel intimately involved in the matter” there was “a predisposition to open an investigation into Trump.”

    – CNN



    “Zuckerberg tells Rogan FBI warning prompted Biden laptop story censorship”

    Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook restricting a story about Joe Biden’s son during the 2020 election was based on FBI misinformation warnings. The New York Post alleged leaked emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop showed the then vice-president was helping his son’s business dealings in Ukraine. Facebook and Twitter restricted sharing of the article, before reversing course amid allegations of censorship. Zuckerberg said that getting the decision wrong “sucks”. “When we take down something that we’re not supposed to, that’s the worst,” Zuckerberg said in a rare extended media interview on the Joe Rogan podcast. The New York Post story was released just weeks before the presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, which Mr Biden won. It claimed that a laptop, abandoned in a repair shop by Hunter Biden, contained emails which included details of Hunter introducing a Ukrainian energy tycoon to his father and arranging a meeting. There is no record on Mr Biden’s schedule that such a meeting ever took place. In that context, the New York Post story, based on exclusive data no other news agency had access to, was met with scepticism – and censored by social media outlets. Zuckerberg told Rogan: “The background here is that the FBI came to us – some folks on our team – and was like ‘hey, just so you know, you should be on high alert. We thought there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election, we have it on notice that basically there’s about to be some kind of dump that’s similar to that’.”

    – BBC

    “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

    – Barack Obama

    “We will stop him.”

    – Peter Strzok to FBI paramour Lisa Page

    “[Obama] wants to know everything we’re doing.”

    – Lisa Page to FBI paramour Peter Strzok

    “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before 40.”

    – Peter Strzok to FBI parmour Lisa Page

    “People on the 7th floor to include Director are fired up about this [Trump] server.”

    – Bill Priestap

    The Obama Coup D’etat in America is the most egregious abuse of power and the most prodigious crime in American political history. The co-conspirators are:

    Kevin Clinesmith, Bill Taylor, Eric Ciaramella, Rosenstein, Mueller/Team, Andrew Weissmann,

    James Comey, Christopher Wray, McCabe, Strozk, Page, Laycock, Kadzic, Sally Yates,

    James Baker, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, Priestap, Kortan, Campbell, Sir Richard Dearlove,

    Christopher Steele, Simpson, Joseph Mifsud, Alexander Downer, Stefan “The Walrus” Halper,

    Azra Turk, Kerry, Hillary, Huma, Mills, Brennan, Gina Haspel, Clapper, Lerner, Farkas, Power,

    Lynch, Rice, Jarrett, Holder, Brazile, Sessions (patsy), Nadler, Schiff, Pelosi, Obama,

    Joe Biden, James E. Boasberg, Emmet Sullivan, Gen. Milley, George Soros, John McCain,

    Marc Elias, Igor Danchenko, Fiona Hill, Charles H. Dolan, Jake Sullivan, Strobe Talbot,

    Cody Shear, Victoria Nuland, Ray “Red Hat” Epps, Don Berlin, Kathy Ruemmler, Rodney Joffe,

    Paul Vixie, L. Jean Camp, Andrew Whitney, Lisa O. Monaco et al.

      Yes, JT should have thought twice before publishing such a stupid thoughtless blog. I hope Trump tears Comcast, etc, apart. They have been lying and promoting hatred of Trump, our incredible constitution and country for years.
      GO TRUMP!!

  6. House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) today announced the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed and obtained two bank wires revealing Hunter Biden received payments originating from Chinese nationals, including Jonathan Li, in July and August 2019 when Joe Biden was running for President of the United States. Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home is listed as the beneficiary address for both wires.

    1. Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home is listed as the beneficiary address for both wires.

      Russian Disinformation!!! You have no evidence of Joseph Biden involved in influence peddling

      Just don’t call it “accepting bribes” and he smells like a freshly smoked pipe of Crack from Hunter Biden’s stash


      1. 😏 I know. It doesn’t prove anything other than Chinese Nationals wired funds to Robert Hunter Biden and they listed Joe Biden’s address. Hunter must have been between crack houses/hotels and needed a reliable physical address. It’s all on the level.

  7. Jonathan: Don’t do it! Don’t be the laughing stock of DC again! Don’t subject yourself to more ridicule by testifying tomorrow before Jim Comer’s Biden impeachment inquiry. A lot of legal experts and DC insiders are perplexed you would want to go through that ordeal again. National security expert Marcy Wheeler quipped: “Holy s..t. Not ONLY is @ James Comer planning an impeachment hearing while Republicans are struggling to keep govt. open, but he invited JONNY TURLEY because he couldn’t find a real expert. Pathetic”.

    Others pointed out the duplicity of your previous positions. In 1998 you supported the impeachment of Bill Clinton over his WH tryst with Monica. But you opposed the 2019 impeachment of DJT when he tried to blackmail the president of Ukraine. Now you backpedal again by supporting the impeachment of Joe Biden in 2023 based on some vague allegation he got bribes.

    Only someone who craves the limelight would go through the gauntlet you face tomorrow. All I can say is I warned you!


      Professor Turley can be utterly confident that he is directly over the target; the flak is wildly heavy.

      “The flak only gets heavy when you’re over the target.”

      – Anonymous WWII Bomber Pilot

    2. “Jonathan: Don’t do it! Don’t be the laughing stock of DC again! “

      Dennis, you make people laugh. Have you ever reread what you wrote? To use your own words, you are the “laughing stock” of the blog. Turley has managed without people like you biting at his ankles. Do you know what biting at your ankles refers to? You have become what you act like. (3:14) If you don’t understand, ask Estovir.

    3. “Don’t be the laughing stock of DC again!”

      Oh, no! The cool kids won’t like him.

      *That* is the psychology of a collectivist.

    1. That was a misunderstanding. Like Hillary, Moochelle spoke for free because she loves to hear herself talk. The $700,000.00 was to get her to shut up and go away.

  8. You say: “Robert Mueller NEVER cleared Trump in the Mueller Probe.”
    The Report says []:
    “Mueller concluded his 22-month investigation and submitted a report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, March 22. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reviewed the report over the weekend and filed a four-page summary of the report to Congress Sunday afternoon that was also released to the public.
    In his letter to Congress, Barr summarizes the Mueller investigation as looking at two areas: Interference by Russia in the 2016 presidential election and obstruction of justice.
    The special counsel found that Russia did interfere with the election, but ‘did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple efforts from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.'”
    From a legal point of view, Mueller did “clear” Trump. He found no evidence that collusion occured. If evidence is considered important in establishing a fact, then the absence of evidence is “clearing” someone. Wasn’t 22 months long enough? If you have other evidence, you should have given it to Mueller.
    You say: “The results of the first Vanderbilt Unity Poll, released today, show that 52 percent of MAGA-identifying Republicans believe Russia’s Vladimir Putin is a better president than Joe Biden.”
    I say: only 52%? The difference in competence between the two men is the difference between the 1927 Yankees and the 2023 Oakland A’s. Since the poll apparently does not define the term “better”, it is reasonable to look at fitness for the office.

    1. Actually, Mueller said “If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” and he testified under oath to Congress that he didn’t clear Trump.

      1. If you could have found anything, ANYTHING, including jaywalking, you would have exposed his fanny but good. U GOT NUZZING!

        If we investigated u for 2 months, u’d b sitting in prison.

        1. Trump refused to cooperate–to be interviewed or deposed, and to produce documents. Nevertheless, Mueller obtained dozens of convictions and guilty pleas. If Trump had cooperated, we wouldn’t be in the turmoil we are today, our classified documents would not have been stolen and exposed to who knows whom, and January 6th might not have happened.

          1. Did Mueller depose Hillary or Comey for orchestrating the dossier fraud against a duly elected President, or Obama spying on his campaign? By the way, China didn’t have to steal classified documents, they bought them from Biden. You need professional help, TDS is real.

      2. Anonymous – it is the job of a prosecutor to find evidence of a crime. Mueller found none. Innocence is presumed. Therefore, no one needs to be “cleared”.

        1. But he did find evidence of both conspiracy and obstruction, as is presented in both the Mueller Report and the SSCI report.

          1. Anon – If you are not willing to reveal the facts supporting these accusations, please be good enough to refer to the page or pages in the Mueller report discussing evidence of conspiracy and obstruction. The meaning of the word “conspiracy” is never clear without additional facts. Every form of agreement or co-operation could be called “conspiracy”.

  9. The DNC trolls are out in full force. A tell is when they use sources affiliated with Leftist talking points. “Gigi” uses the talking points from a specious organization that laughably calls itself the “Congressional Integrity Project”.

    Note who they are:

    The Congressional Integrity Project (CIP) is a left-of-center activist group that opposes Republican members of Congress and exposes allegedly compromising information about them with the intent of damaging their public images and re-election prospects. In particular, the project targets lawmakers who allegedly hold further-right beliefs or were not sufficiently critical of the Capitol riot in January 2021. However, the CIP is also hostile to all Republicans who support reducing government spending on social welfare programs….

    <The leadership of the CIP is made up of high-level Democratic Party operatives, including former senior staffers for the campaigns of former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, and influential Democratic legislators such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

    Be aware of the Left Wing trolls flooding Professor Turley’s forum. When in doubt, check the names of their “sources”.

    1. No: I was quoting Senate Intelligence Committee report on Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election. Look it up. It was headed by REPUBLCANS.

      1. Gigi – If I recall, and please correct me if my memory is off, that Report concluded that Russians hacked the DNC server. But the principal of Crowd Strike later testfied before Congress that he had no evidence that anyone, let alone the Russian government, hacked the DNC server. You may have missed the recent article by Matt Taibi suggesting that the “story” about the Russian-DNC hack came from the same source in the USA that created the Alpha Bank hoax. See my comment below.

  10. Is today’s post an effort to set–off the flak that will be coming when Turley testifies before the House Committee? How amazing it is that Republicans can find the time time to try to impeach Joe Biden, despite the absence years of investigation failing to turn up any evidence, but can’t get their act together to come to some sort of compromise to prevent the government from shutting down. Trump has also demanded that Republicans deliberately allow the government to shut down, so when there’s fallout, he can try to blame Joe Biden. And, the disciples will believe it is Biden’s fault. To-wit:

    “Rep. Don Beyer’s deputy chief of staff, Aaron Fritschner pointed out that in 1998, Turley was all for impeachment. In 2019, he argued against it. Now that he’s back in 2023, he’s likely to say it’s good again.

    “Have to hand it to @JonathanTurley for being the most shameless and cynical person in this town, it’s a remarkable achievement,” he posted.

    “Let’s be clear: Jonathan Turley is a MAGA hypocrite. He is a Trump loyalist who defended Trump during his first and second impeachment trials, demonstrating blatant hypocrisy time and time again,” said the Congressional Integrity Project.”

    So, while I do agree with the sentiments in today’s post about how dangerous it is for Trump to accuse a mainstream media outlet of “treason”, plus the threat of somehow going against them, given how utterly corrupt and incompetent he is, plus the fact that pro-Trump media routinely lie and spin the facts to favor him, the timing of today’s piece is suspicious, in view of the fact that Turley being called to spin the facts before the House Committee. Today’s picece, IMHO, is just an effort to advance the argument that Turley is “balanced” in his criticisms. As Mr. Fritschner said: Turley’s just a MAGA hypocrite.

    1. Natacha/Gigi/Svelaz/Wally/Bob/Concerned Citizen, et al, which box did you check for pronouns when you applied for a job to Act Blue, to troll for DNC George Soros funded dollars? Do your daily talking point spread sheets come color-coded per gender or just per batsheet crazy speak?

      Patriots want to know…..



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    2. Is that the same media that told you that inflation was 8% when trump left office? Or the same media that told you that texas makes electricity from crude oil?



      You should arrange a meet with your handler. The Deep Deep State “Swamp” failed to inform you that it is taking out Joke Buydem FBO Moochelle Soetoro.

      Did you say, “evidence” on the “Big Guy?” Why don’t you send a note to your buddy Garland and ask him to stop OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE. It’s not “news” but start with 150 SARs here:

      “What Is Hunter Biden Accused of? Suspicious Activity Reports Explained”

      House Republicans announced on Thursday that they were planning to open an investigation aiming to tie President Joe Biden to the alleged finances and business dealings of his son, Hunter Biden. During a press conference, Republican Representative James Comer spoke about “suspicious activity reports,” or “SARs,” and said that they are documents a bank must file with the Treasury Department when a transaction is “suspected to be related to money laundering or fraud, or other types of criminal activity.” “According to media reports, the Biden family accumulated over 150 SARs,” Comer said. “One SAR generated by an American bank to the Treasury Department connects Hunter Biden and his business associates to human trafficking, among other illegal activities….The SAR shows that Hunter Biden was conducting business with suspected human traffickers.”

      – Newsweek

    4. “So, while I do agree with the sentiments in today’s post about how”

      Do you really think anyone here gives a rats behind what you think? You have less credibility than a crack addicted son of a…president.

  11. What do you suggest? When the 4th estate willingly, vocally and publicly gives up its objectivity for so called “Truth, what do you expect? When the

  12. If we had not repealed the anti-propaganda rule or the Fairness Doctrine, wouldn’t Trump’s point be moot? As it is, the media giants feel that they have carte blanche to destroy our Republic, and are busily doing so. What Trump SHOULD have said is that he was going to investigate who is holding the media purse-strings because China, our arch-enemy, has bought into all of these companies and is no doubt directing their coverage of our politics to favor those who are easierto manipulate and to bribe. Guess who?

  13. O T (slightl)y
    Here’s a potential bombshell. Matt Taibi is suggesting that the initial claim that Russians hacked the DNC server in 2016 came from the same source that created the Alpha Server hoax. TITLE: “Forget Collusion. Was “Interference” Also Fake News?” Who can blame Trump for going a bit nuts?

    1. The CEO of Crowd strike testified to congress that Crowd strike had no evidence the Emails were ever hacked.
      FBI Director testfied the FBI NEVER did any analytics on the copy of the DNC hard drive they were given. The FBI accepted and used ONLY the Crowd Strike DRAFT copy of their analysis as their conclusion concerning the DNC Email leak.

  14. This website is drowning in “Anonymous” BS. You can’t tell one “Anonymous” BSer from another. They REFUSE to adopt reasonable pseudonyms because their intent is to perpetuate confusion, and they are well on the way to turning this site into a worthless kindergarten hair-pulling contest.

  15. Those who keep harping on how the First Amendment somehow gave the media a mandate overlook the fact that the amendment was specifically written to protect INDIVIDUALS, not corporate entities. Read it – 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 press” means the printing press, and by extension the Internet and all other means of INDIVIDUAL expression. It does not prohibit government from investigating media expressing opposition to the Constitution and the American way of life. Granted, the courts have ruled in favor of insurgents in the past (but not those who went in the PEOPLE’s HOUSE on January 6.) Sure, media has the right to publish truth but not political lies, which has become common in the American media today.

  16. I believe in FREE SPEECH. I just don’t believe the government should pay the media to spread unproven “facts”.

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