Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds

Trump's threats amount to a First Amendment violation

By       Message Trevor Timm       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   No comments

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 10/13/17

Author 87840
Become a Fan
  (2 fans)

From CJR

From maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com: Donald Trump {MID-175820}
Donald Trump
(Image by maxpixel.freegreatpict...)
  Permission   Details   DMCA
- Advertisement -

DONALD TRUMP TURNED HIS TWITTER IRE on NBC and the NFL this past week. But beyond just criticizing them, Trump is threatening to punish the network and the league with the government's regulatory might.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday that NBC's broadcasting license "must be challenged" and potentially "revoked," based on a series of NBC news stories that embarrassed him. He also suggested the NFL's tax status should be changed if the NFL continues to allow its players to peacefully protest police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem.

ICYMI: The one "media world mystery" that remains unsolved around Weinstein scandal

- Advertisement -

Many have commented on the First Amendment implications if Trump were to actually go after NBC's license (or really, the licenses of local affiliates since NBC itself doesn't need a license) or the NFL's tax status. But Trump need not act on his threats for his actions to be considered a First Amendment violation. There's a compelling argument Trump is in violation of Constitution right now -- after he crossed the line from criticism of protected speech to openly threatening government action.

There's plenty of case law on this subject from the Supreme Court to appeals courts around the country. Most recently, in a case in the Seventh Circuit called BackPage LLC vs. Thomas Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, just-retired Judge Richard Posner articulated exactly why Trump may already be running afoul of the First Amendment merely through his threats.

ICYMI: He was excited to profile a controversial athlete. What happens next? Every journalist's nightmare.

- Advertisement -

In Backpage, Dart embarked on a one-man campaign to get Visa and Mastercard to cut off credit card donations to Backpage.com because of its adult section. Instead of prosecuting Backpage for any specific violation, he sent letters pressuring the credit card companies to cut off any payments to Backpage.com for any reason, since some of the Backpage ads, as Posner wrote, "might be for illegal sex-related products or services."

Click Here to Read Whole Article

- Advertisement -
 

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

Top Eight Ways John Kelly was an Embarrassment as White House Chief of Staff by Juan Cole (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Matrix Revealed: The collective experiment on planet Earth by Jon Rappoport (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Ocasio-Cortez and House Freshmen Protest Orientation at Harvard Posted by Meryl Ann Butler (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Wall Street's Corruption Runs Deeper Than You Can Fathom by Robert Scheer (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Jill Stein's PA Lawsuit - What Happened and What Does It Mean? by Joan Brunwasser (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

$5.2 Trillion Savings Projected from Medicare for All by Michael Payne (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The latest filings on Michael Cohen show that nobody can save Trump now Posted by Sheila Samples (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Conspiracy Against Refugees by Ramzy Baroud (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler by Paul Street (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

From Marc Lamont Hill to the Quakers, no criticism of Israel is allowed by Jonathan Cook (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Sanders and DNC Level Playing Field for 2020 Presidential Debates by Steven Rosenfeld (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Daily Inspiration — A retort to “Try harder” by Josh Mitteldorf (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

HUD Official to Move Into Public Housing? by Laura Flanders (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

MSM and the US State Dept are the biggest peddlers of conspiracy theories by Caitlin Johnstone (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Rewire Your Climate Despairing Brain, with help from climatologist Paul Beckwith by Daniel Geery (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Independent Voting's Open Letter to Tom Perez, DNC Chair by Meryl Ann Butler (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Max Pozdorovkin on Killer Robots, Sex Robots and how automation is diminishing our humanity by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

How The Iconic 1968 Earthrise Photo Changed Our Relationship To The Planet by Bill McKibben (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Moral Corruption in the Eastern Orthodox Priesthood Makes It Imperative to Revive the Traditional Catholic Faith. by Hanna Wozniak (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Nikki Haley To Be Replaced By Blonde Version Of Nikki Haley by Caitlin Johnstone (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

What Americans need to know about the Real Legacy of George H. W. Bush by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

"NYT" editorial on Flynn's misdeeds has a laughable omission -- Israel's role by Philip Weiss (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Drug Company Execs Make Millions Misleading Cancer Patients. Here's One Way to Stop Them by Sam Pizzigati (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Mueller Hints That Mike Pence May Be Indicted Soon Posted by Sheila Samples (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Canonization of George H.W. and the Elevation of the Bush Crime Family by Mike Rivage-Seul (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular

- Advertisement -
Classics of Liberal Thinking

Progressive Radio Links