Freedom of the Press
That Montana Republican Beating Up a Reporter is Even Worse Than You Think
If you haven't already read about the disgusting incident in Montana, Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for that state's sole congressional seat, body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground and then proceeded to punch him several times while screaming that he ...read more
Washington Post Editor Sends Bleak Warning About Trump's Upcoming War on Journalism
Donald Trump waged an astonishing war against the press in the lead up to his unlikely victory in November, labeling them "scum", "lowlifes" and "enemies". He threatened to sue various newspapers and promised to “open up” libel laws should he be elected. In response to this ...read more
While Cable News Kisses His Orange Butt, Trump Assaults the Political Press with Surprise 'Firing Squad'
We learned three things on Monday about the relationship between cable news and the incoming autocratic regime of Donald Trump and his neo-Nazi cabal. Each one of these three things is more disturbing than the last. First, we learned that MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has been ...read more
If You're Applauding Gawker's Bankruptcy, You Simply Don't Get How Dangerous It Is
Ben Cohen is the founding editor of The Daily Banter and finances all of this out of his own pocket. There's an entire menu of reasons why it takes balls of iron to do what Ben is doing (his take on the Gawker story can be found here). As someone who also ran a small business ...read more
Eric Holder on Press Freedom: "No Reporters are Going to Jail as Long as I'm Attorney General"
A matter of hours after we published a follow-up on reporter James Risen and the Obama administration's record on press freedom, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared at the Washington Ideas Forum on Wednesday and was asked by moderator Jonathan Capehart whether the U.S. ...read more
If the News Media Wants Better Access to the White House, It Needs to Grow the Hell Up
UPDATED BELOW. We kicked off the week with an article about reporter James Risen's analysis that there's a so-called "war on whistleblowers" being conducted by the Obama administration. Risen also discussed his theory that President Obama has been "The Greatest Enemy to Press ...read more
Once and For All, There's No Such Thing as "The War on Whistleblowers" and Here's Why
One of the most tone deaf and unconstitutional things the Obama Justice Department could possibly do would be to imprison reporter James Risen of The New York Times for refusing to testify in an Espionage Act case during which he might be forced to give up his source for a ...read more