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I read with horror and anguish that some mainstream, accredited news media were shut out of the White House press conference yesterday.
It is not that I have not been appalled by the Trump administration’s behavior in relation to immigration, to trade, to climate change, or Trump’s behavior toward those who disagree with him. I have.
And it’s not that I think America has lived up to its ideals of equality and justice and democracy for all. It emphatically hasn’t.
But I have never seen an attack on this level against freedom of speech. It’s what dictators do – take over the press and media.
Nothing has frightened me so profoundly.
It’s not much, but I’ve just taken out a paid subscription to the New York Times, a paper which I always thought of as rather center of the road. Hardly revolutionary. And as British residents, we pay for our BBC license fee. Way too truthful for Trump as well. My appreciation for them also just went up a notch. And of course there was no room at the news conference either for the Huffington Post or Politico or CNN. All way way too revolutionary for the likes of Trump & Co.