White House Admits Researching First Amendment Rollback

Freedom of the Press Under Fire

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According to The Guardian, “A day after Watergate reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward issued a stirring call for the press to hold Donald Trump to account, the president’s chief of staff said the White House is actively considering a change to libel laws affecting news reporting.”

“‘I think it’s something that we’ve looked at,’ said Reince Priebus, appearing on ABC’s This Week. ‘How that gets executed and whether that goes anywhere is a different story.'”

“Such a move would in reality require a change to the US constitution, which enshrines freedom of the press in the first amendment, the supreme court having ruled on the issue.”

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