On his nationally-syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh referred to widespread reaction to President Donald Trump‘s supposed attacks on the media that journalists appear to believe that they have “immunity from criticism.” Yesterday, he told Fox News that the president will not be destroyed by the media. In particular, Limbaugh condemned comments by Chuck Todd of NBC. Todd tweeted "This not a laughing matter. I'm sorry, delegitimizing the press is unAmerican."
 
Democrats and media have condemned Trump's press conference of February 16 and a subsequent tweet said that "fake news" and some media sources are not just his enemy, but an "enemy of the American people."
 
 
For Limbaugh, this means that journalists think that they can have free rein in comments about public figures and that “since they are recognized in the First Amendment… they have constitutional immunity.” He argued that the First Amendment of the Constitution, “does not grant them immunity from criticism. It does not grant them freedom to be disagreed with. It does not grant them freedom from opposition.” Calling for balanced reporting, Limbaugh asked that if media is really seeking to hold powerful people accountable, why does this apparently not apply to “powerful Democrats.”


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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