Hill Dems Stand With Journalists Fighting Presidential Attacks

Sen. Democrats Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have introduced a resolution condemning the President's attacks on the press, even as the President was launching more attacks in the wake of journalists' pushback.

Chuck Schumer

Chuck Schumer

Schumer is Senate minority leader and Schatz the ranking member of the Senate Communications Subcommittee.

That resolution comes the same day that journalists were joining together, led by the Boston Globe, to repudiate the President's characterization of them as enemies of the people and fake news.

“Every member of Congress has sworn to uphold the Constitution, including the right to the free press. This bill is an opportunity for us to uphold our oath and make clear that we support liberty and free speech,” said Schatz. “It also sends the message that the legislative branch is capable of functioning as a separate and co-equal branch of government.”

“Throughout history, the free press has always kept our government in check when it has gone astray, perhaps more than anywhere else around the world, and the Congress has a duty protect the press’s first amendment right,” said Schumer."

That congressional effort also came as the President took aim at that effort in a series of tweets, calling the news media the "opposition party."

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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.