Breitbart, the Trump White House, and the Future of a Free Press in National Politics – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

During the campaign, Trump promised to open up the libel laws, insulted reporters, and set up a de facto blacklist. With Steve Bannon in his cabinet, has the president-elect found a way to circumvent the traditional press entirely?

Source: Breitbart, the Trump White House, and the Future of a Free Press in National Politics – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

appointment of Steve Bannon as a senior advisor to President-elect Donald Trump has drawn fire over Mr. Bannon’s history with Breitbart News, which has been accused of consistently taking white supremacist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Semitic positions.

During the campaign, Donald Trump accused the press of unfairness and bias. Politico’s Jack Shafer described our new president’s relationship with the press while a candidate this way: “During the campaign, he promised to bring the press to heel by ‘opening up the libel laws’ to make it easier to bring and win suits against publications. He has singled out individual reporters as ‘sleazy,’ ‘extremely dishonest,’ ‘unfair,’ and ‘not good people’ and blacklisted individual reporters from access to his campaign. At rallies, he fed his audience the raw meat of press hatred.”

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