Originally Posted By: cwjga
A thorough investigation of this sorry incident is due by the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Interior, the head of the FBI, and perhaps most important, by those in the Congress responsible for ensuring that our Constitution and laws are carried out with a far higher degree of integrity and respect than that which has been afforded the Bundy family.


Trump swept into office opining about the need to change libel laws to make it easier to sue the “fake news” media. His chief of staff acknowledged in an interview on ABC at the time, “I think it’s something that we’ve looked at. How that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story.” More recently, the president vented, “Why Isn’t the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!”

This is not how the system works: Libel laws are a matter for the states, and congressional committees are not in the business of investigating the news media for doing their job. There’s plenty of bias in the mainstream press, but it’s hard to take Trump’s cries of #FAKENEWS seriously when—to take just one recent example—he’s said to be privately raging over reports that his own secretary of state called him a “moron” while publicly dismissing those reports as false. Even more foolish, his cries for action against outlets reporting what turns out to be inaccurate information could just as easily be used against the news outlets he likes.