Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Time Warner CEO Says Democrats Were Bigger First Amendment Threat Than Trump


He understands the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
Via Hollywood Reporter:
When it comes to politicians trampling free speech and free press, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes said Tuesday that he doesn’t fear president-elect Donald Trump as much as he does his rivals on the other side of the aisle.
“The threat to the First Amendment came from the Democratic side,” Bewkes said during a conversation with Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget at a conference in New York in a session that was webcast.
Bewkes made the comment after Blodget noted that Trump had criticized CNN for allegedly unfair coverage, and even threatened some sort of regulation in retaliation against CNN, owned by Time Warner.
“The threat to the First Amendment came from the Democratic side more,” he says, arguing that journalists viewed a Democratic plank “overly charitably” as campaign finance reform.
“I don’t think that’s a serious thing,” Bewkes told Blodget at the Ignition: Future of Digital conference. “If anybody is going to change the First Amendment — remember, the Democratic party had a campaign plank to change the First Amendment, and they were doing it in the guise of campaign finance reform.”[…]
Bewkes wasn’t specific, though Trump’s Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton promised many times to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that allowed the conservative group to promote its anti-Hillary movie. The decision gave corporations rights, similar to those of unions and individuals, to fund political speech.
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