In Donald Trump’s war against the First Amendment and freedom of the press, one of the indisputable casualties has been the conservative media as formerly conservative voices are assimilated by the Trumpservative Borg.
Less than two weeks ago, I wrote about how Trump critics in TV and radio are being canned and replaced by Trump cheerleaders, such as we witnessed when Salem Radio Network cancelled Michael Medved’s nationally syndicated radio show to make room for former advisor to Donald Trump Sebastian Gorka.
Shortly after that story, I wrote about Trump’s proposal to create a state-run media company to combat his “Fake News” critics and how a recent revelation about FOX & Friends showed how they had become another propaganda arm of the White House.
Stories such as these are why I wrote yesterday about my concerns over the merger between Mark Levin’s CRTV and Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. While being touted as a boon for the conservative movement, the examples I mention above show how far the conservative media has fallen and should give any objective observer reason for pause concerning the newly formed Blaze Media.
Media outlets that have refused to surrender to Trump have paid the price for doing so.
Yesterday we learned that The Weekly Standard may be shutting down after over 20 years in business. Editors Bill Kristol, Stephen Hayes, and Charlie Sykes have been adamantly critical of Trump for his unpresidential behavior and his liberal policies.
BREAKING: Multiple sources tell me that neocon magazine @weeklystandard is expected to close its operations in a few weeks. It had lost many subscribers since the 2016 election as its #NeverTrumper editors @BillKristol @stephenfhayes @SykesCharlie publicly aligned with the Left.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) December 4, 2018
While there will be those within the Trumpservative media and the Trump cult who will point to The Weekly Standard’s opposition to Trump and their neo-con leanings as a valid reason for their demise, it should concern every Constitution-loving American that such a thing should happen and be celebrated simply because a publication is critical of the president.
But that’s the condition of liberty in America today in the Age of Trump. Our Constitutionally protected God-given rights are secondary to the egomaniacal needs of the narcissistic New York liberal occupying the White House.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “I am…for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents.”
A free press is necessary to enforce accountability in government. I hope we figure that out before it’s too late.
Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.
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