The White House's radical attack on the First Amendment cannot go unanswered | Lawrence Douglas

Denying journalists from the Guardian, New York Times and other outlets access to a press briefing is an authoritarian move. A swift response is needed

Those who said the presidency would change Donald Trump were correct. It has made him worse. In barring news outlets like the New York Times, CNN and the Guardian from a White House press briefing on Friday, the president has declared war on the First Amendment. In so doing he has attacked a cornerstone of democratic self-governance.

New York Times editor Dean Baquet said: “Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties.” CNN, which the president has often labeled ‘fake news’, responded by saying: “Apparently this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like.” Buzzfeed’s editor echoed that point, saying this was an “apparent attempt to punish news outlets.”

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