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The Trump administration has launched an unprecedented battle against the freedoms of information, speech, and press. They have repeatedly denied the truth of irrefutable facts. Simultaneously, they concoct their own realities, fabricating events or targeting individuals and organizations that contradict Trump, such as the claims of widespread voter fraud. When the media questions Trump or his administration on the legitimacy of their facts and sources, members of the media have been dismissed and insulted.

In a meeting with the CIA, Trump said, "I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth" (New York Times). Days later, chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon said in an interview to the New York Times, "The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while."

Trump also threatened the media, saying, "We're going to open up libel laws, and we're going to have people sue you like you've never got sued before," (Politico).

According to the New York Times, in order for Trump to change libel laws, he would have to either amend the Constitution or get the Supreme Court to overturn Times v. Sullivan or a related libel law decision. Trump and his administration are spending too much time and energy trying to keep the media from reporting and not enough time and energy on the important tasks they need to be doing to support our nation.

It is time for this to end. President Trump's voice will not silence the other important voices in this nation. It is time to tell him that the American people won't stand for his ridiculous attempts to keep the media from reporting the facts. We will not stand for Trump's administration to disrespect our media watchdogs and open them up to easy attacks.

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President Trump,

The American people do not want to hear your fabricated "truths," and we certainly will not allow them to be the only "facts" we hear. We will not stand by while you attempt to silence the other voices of our country.

Your attacks on the media cannot continue. A free press is not the enemy. A free press is our ticket out of ignorance and poorly informed choices. A free press is one of our freedoms as Americans.

The American people won't stand for a president and administration which views the First Amendment as a threat. We demand that you respect the media and their role as fact-checking watchdogs. They are an essential pillar of American democracy, and we insist that they are treated as such so that they can safely speak up when they have valuable information to share with the public.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Sep 20, 2017 MICHELLE BARROS
Sep 20, 2017 debbie mason
Sep 19, 2017 Payton Godon
Sep 17, 2017 Joanna Wyzykowska
Sep 15, 2017 Micah McVicker I'm a former journalist who's fed up with his attacks on the profession. His "fake news" accusation is harmful because news stories are not binary: real or fake. He's encouraging his lemmings to discard critical thinking and introspection.
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 Kirk Leonard
Sep 11, 2017 Rose Mankowski
Sep 11, 2017 Debbie Smith
Sep 11, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 10, 2017 Jennifer Rogers
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 9, 2017 Dita Škalič
Sep 7, 2017 Kellen Livingston
Sep 7, 2017 George Anderson
Sep 6, 2017 Peter Bergel There was a reason for the First Amendment!
Sep 6, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
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Sep 6, 2017 Kathleen Richard
Sep 6, 2017 donna selquist
Sep 6, 2017 Angela Callis
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Sep 5, 2017 Joanne Sandhu Journalists' work is vital in a democracy. Investigative reporting requires a curious mind, tenacity, and courage. More now than ever, may we uphold the honor and value of this profession.
Sep 5, 2017 Lynn Cardiff
Sep 5, 2017 Irina Lamadrid
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Sep 5, 2017 Aimee Wyatt
Sep 5, 2017 Darin Lee
Sep 5, 2017 Nan Towle
Sep 5, 2017 Ana Alvarez
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Sep 4, 2017 Cyndi Thompson
Sep 4, 2017 Candace Slivinski
Sep 4, 2017 Carmen Blakely
Sep 4, 2017 Saliha BELKHIR
Sep 4, 2017 Michael Sullivan
Sep 4, 2017 Patricia Kanter-Kennedy
Sep 4, 2017 donna selquist
Sep 4, 2017 Lacey Faulkner
Sep 3, 2017 Meryle A. Korn
Sep 3, 2017 Phyllis Houle
Sep 3, 2017 Timothy Lippert
Sep 3, 2017 Paula p
Sep 3, 2017 Rosalie Fisher
Sep 3, 2017 Lynne Smithson
Sep 2, 2017 Lynn Camhi
Sep 2, 2017 Laura Hanks Freedom of the press is essential for any democracy.
Sep 2, 2017 steffi b
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Sep 2, 2017 Virginia Morrison

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