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James Madison on the free press: "The only effective guardian of every other right" Trump: "Frankly disgusting"

James Madison on the free press: "The only effective guardian of every other right" Trump: "Frankly disgusting"

“It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write. And people should look into it.” — President Donald Trump, Oct. 11, 2017

Eager as we always are to fulfill your wishes, Mr. President, we have taken some time to “look into” our ability to write whatever we want. It turns out there is a document called the Constitution that sets out the powers and limitations of the Congress, the judiciary, even — and this may come as something of an unwelcome surprise, Mr. Trump — the president. The First Amendment, ratified shortly after the Constitution itself, reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free...

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