The U.S. Senate, responding to President Trump’s attacks on the media, unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday affirming support for a free press, declaring that “the press is not the enemy of the people.”
“Resolved, that the Senate affirms that the press is not the enemy of the people; reaffirms the vital and indispensable role that the free press serves to inform the electorate, uncover the truth, act as a check on the inherent power of the government, further national discourse and debate, and otherwise advance the most basic and cherished democratic norms and freedoms of the United States; and condemns the attacks on the institution of the free press and views efforts to systematically undermine the credibility of the press as an attack on the democratic institutions of the United States…”
The resolution follows a Boston Globe-led defense of the media in which more than 300 publications ran editorials denouncing Trump’s attacks on the media.
“We swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution, including the First Amendment,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who wrote the resolution. “Today, every senator upheld that oath by sending a message that we support the First Amendment, and we support the freedom of the press in the face of these attacks.”
Trump appears unfazed by the media’s attempts to rebuke him:
…..Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police. If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018