So: not open season, no bag limit quite yet, huh? Oh well. I’ll wait.
Three Democratic lawmakers reintroduced a Journalist Protection Act that intends to designate “certain attacks on those reporting the news” as a federal crime.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).
Note those party affiliations, folks. The Left looks after its own.
“The Journalist Protection Act makes it a federal crime to intentionally cause bodily injury to a journalist affecting interstate or foreign commerce in the course of reporting or in a manner designed to intimidate him or her from newsgathering for a media organization,” reads the Tuesday press release. “It represents a clear statement that assaults against people engaged in reporting is unacceptable, and helps ensure law enforcement is able to punish those who interfere with newsgathering.”
The lawmakers said they were introducing the bill as a response to President Trump’s “climate of extreme hostility” toward the media.
“Both before and since taking office, President Trump has blatantly stoked a climate of extreme hostility toward the press,” the release said. “He has called the press ‘the enemy of the American people,’ and described mainstream media outlets as ‘a stain on America.’
“Such antagonistic rhetoric encourages others to think, regardless of their views, that violence against journalists is more acceptable.”
When “journalists” seek not to report, but to manipulate, misrepresent, and mislead, it’s THEY who are encouraging others to think that violence against them is acceptable. And know what? Far as I’m concerned, it IS.
“I really wish I didn’t have to introduce this, but we have seen rhetoric from the president declaring the media as the ‘enemy of the state,'” Swalwell said last year when he first introduced the bill.
Neat little bit of rhetorical sleight-of-hand Swallowitall just pulled there, innit? Actually, Trump has NOT declared that the liberal media is “the enemy of the state.” He has said they’re the enemy of the people, which happens to be nothing but the ugly truth.