Fox News legal analyst had some surprising bad news for Donald Trump
Donald Trump has become increasingly critical of Fox News.
The President and many of his supporters think the network is drifting Left.
And now this Fox News legal analyst had some surprising bad news for Donald Trump.
Donald Trump promised to sign an executive order cracking down on tech companies like Twitter for censoring conservatives.
The President moved into action after Twitter added a “fact check” that included claims by fake news CNN political pundits and Democrat politicians to claim Donald Trump saying universal mail-in voting invited fraud was false.
Twitter was not “checking facts” in this case.
They censored the President’s opinion with partisan talking points masquerading as facts because they want to suppress political opinions that go against the Democrat Party narrative.
Many Trump supporters have waited for years for the President to take action against social media censorship.
But Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano defended Twitter’s “fact check” citing their status as a private company to claim they should avoid regulation.
“The short answer is yes, the longer answer is that the president is right about the bias in social media and the president is also understandably not happy about his being fact-checked. I mean, nobody would.
“But Twitter is privately owned and publicly held. It’s not owned by the government. And so the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of speech and of the press, since it only regulates the government, does not regulate Twitter. So stated differently, Twitter can take down, modify, or correct any user it wants, including the president of the United States,” Napolitano began.
Napolitano added, “As for his threat to regulate or put Twitter out of business, that, of course, would require legislation, which is somewhat unlikely between now and November. There also would be illegal issues if the effort were aimed at silencing someone that has the freedom of speech. I don’t like what they say. But I’ll defend to the death their right to say it. Under a Supreme Court decision that the president likes called Citizens United, Twitter has freedom of speech just like you and I and the president himself.”
But social media companies like Twitter are immune from lawsuits based on content posted to their websites in exchange for the promise of viewpoint neutrality.
By censoring Donald Trump’s Tweets, Twitter is acting like a publisher expressing a point of view.
And that opens them up to government action to take away their special carve out under the law.