The battle between President Donald Trump and the press continues to rage as media outlets and Americans alike take sides.
Those defending the media say that the First Amendment protects the press, and having a truly free press means allowing even outlets with which you disagree to have a platform:
— Nicholas Severson (@thenbseverson) February 24, 2017
Some claimed that President Trump was treading dangerous and unprecedented waters, saying that such violations of the First Amendment never happened under President Obama:
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 24, 2017
President Obama is a confident man who embodies the values of democracy, never felt the need to undermine the press
— meta (@metaquest) February 25, 2017
— Margo (@Serendipity7427) February 25, 2017
But then several people offered reminders:
— D. S. Saint-Clair (@DerekkPara509th) February 25, 2017
Please. Pres O met w groups of hand selected columnists. Tell me WH staff didn't have meetings w chosen reporters. Stop hyperventilating. https://t.co/y4bAHExbFT
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) February 24, 2017
Fox News host Neil Cavuto took a few jabs at CNN when the battle first began, reminding CNN how long Fox had been criticized, marginalized, and then blatantly ignored by the Obama White House, noting: “Payback’s a bitch!”
But with the situation coming to a boil over the media outlets that were recently banned from attending a White House press briefing, President Trump is making sure to keep his fingers in the pot:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
CNN, The New York Times, the BBC, and The Huffington Post were among the outlets banned from the briefing. The Associated Press and Time boycotted in solidarity.