Arizona senators blast President Trump's attacks on media

How to debate your political enemies and win

How to debate your political enemies and win

Senator John McCain penning an op-ed for the Washington Post Wednesday saying the President's attempts to undermine the free press make it hard to hold governments accountable and his treatment is in "Inconsistent at best and hypocritical at worst". Whether Trump knows it or not, these efforts are being closely watched by foreign leaders who are already using his words as cover as they silence and shutter one of the key pillars of democracy. In 2017, McCain notes, a record number of journalists were jailed and a record number, 21, faced charges of "false news", according to a report from the advocacy group Committee to Protect Journalists. "This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit", he wrote. McCain says 2017 was the most risky years in history to be a journalist sitting more than 200 arrests globally for doing their jobs and an increase in violent threats against the press.

McCain brings up the disturbing stats on press freedom worldwide before saying, "While administration officials often condemn violence against reporters overseas, Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. But constant cries of "fake news" undercut this type of reporting and strip activists of one of their most powerful tools of dissent".

Further, McCain says that without "strong leadership" in the White House, it falls on Congress to "commit to protecting independent journalism, preserving an open and free media environment, and defending the fundamental right to freedom of opinion and expression". "Only truth and transparency can guarantee freedom".

On Jan. 7, Trump tweeted that "The Fake News Awards" would be "presented to the losers" Wednesday.

Tomorrow is the day President Trump announced for his "Fake News Awards" (though earlier today Sarah Huckabee Sanders called it a "potential event").

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