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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Statement on President Trump’s Most Recent Attacks Against the Free Press

Oct 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), released the following statement after President Trump continued his attacks on freedom of the press by threatening to challenge, and potentially revoke, licenses from network news stations:

“Once again, President Trump is trying to re-write the dictionary by conflating the words unfavorable and honest with fake and distorted,” said Rep. Quigley. “The President’s incessant attacks on ‘Fake News’ is a thinly-veiled attempt to discredit the hardworking journalists who are holding his Administration accountable and exposing the realities of how its officials govern. Threatening to come after their news licenses is a direct affront to the constitutional protection for freedom of the press. A free and independent press is a cornerstone of our democracy, and his attempts to silence or control their coverage is dangerously un-American. We are not an autocratic nation that suppress the media through intimidation, and I will continue fighting to protect the institution of journalism.”