Skip to comments.McCain: Dictators 'get started by suppressing free press'
Posted on 02/20/2017 10:01:00 AM PST by ek_hornbeck
Sen. John McCain slammed President Donald Trump's attacks on the media this week by noting dictators "get started by suppressing free press."
It was a startling observation from a sitting member of Congress against the President of the United States, especially considering McCain is a member of Trump's party.
"I hate the press," the Arizona Republican sarcastically told NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press." "I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you. We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital."
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This sounds about as sincere as Mark Antony's refrain "...but Brutus in an honorable man." McCain is doing more to undermine Trump's Presidency and to besmirch the President than any other Republican, and he knows it.
The only thing I'm not certain about is whether McCain's hysteria towards Trump and thinly veiled accusations of "dictatorship" are sincere (in which case McCain is a delusional idiot), or just a calculated affectation to curry favor with NeverTrump Republicans and with liberals. I think the latter - it's no accident that except when he ran against Obama in 2008, John McCain has long been every liberal's favorite Republican.
Well by all means, the press is free to report on the Keating Five.
The Democrats have controlled the press for the last 40 years. So there is no longer any free press in the US, John
My heavens, McCain is looking old.
What’s this about McCain needing a pardon for treason from Richard Nixon? Apparently he made tapes helping the enemy while a PoW.
Somewhere, a puppeteer pulls a string and McCain moves.
McCain is an idiot. This is not suppression. This is not censorship. It is criticism. Period.
our press are for the most part elitist leftwing oppressors. the days of the fair and balanced free press are long ended
Has Trump jailed any reporters?
Has he stopped the publication of the afternoon edition?
Has he sent the Army in to seize any newsrooms?
Didn’t think so.
Dictators get started by help from a biased press
What’s the difference, McLame?
You SOB if anyone should be against the #FakeNews bunch, it should be you. The kid gloves treatment given your opponent and the unduly harsh treatment of Sarah Palin
What a stupid man you must be. Either that or you’ve been bought and paid for.
Senility is a serious thing to ignore.
Someone should tell McCain that we'll take what he's saying when President Trump shuts down a newspaper or has a journalist jailed or assassinated for criticizing him. Until that happens, McCain's attacks are nothing but cheap, empty rhetoric (as they usually are).
Obama suppressed the Press, not Trump....
Oh, and thank you for your service to our country. You can stop now.
McCain is a true Useful Idiot and as long as he kisses their azz and in return gets good press, he will continue to be used by them. What a POS.
Like when the free press said you had a mistress to help Obama get elected
And AZZHOLES get started by spouting BS and thinking they are relevant. What a MORON.
I'm still trying to determine which of the two applies to McCain, so I'll split the difference and say that there's probably some of both column A and column B at work.
The left is the one trying to suppress the press that they disagree with. They are hiring brown shirt thugs to destroy first amendment rights.
And rolling over and begging the media for a belly rub is how the rule of law in a country get supplanted, senator.
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