Y.), Bobby Rush (Ill.), Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Gwen Moore (Wis.).“President Donald Trump’s campaign and administration have created a toxic atmosphere,” Swalwell said in a statement. Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, introduced the Journalist Protection Act in the House on Monday. – who has vigorously promoted his own “fake news” by accusing Fox News’ Tucker Carlson of working for Vladimir Putin and claiming Trump has “instated more pro-Russia policies that America has seen in decades” – says he’s been inspired by President Trump to propose a law making it a federal crime to “intimidate” or attack journalists.
Swalwell said Trump “created a climate of extreme hostility to the press” when he said false reports by “fake news media” are “a stain on America.” The president made the comment after a series of reporting errors made by CNN, ABC News and Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel. 10, 2017, Trump tweeted: “Very little discussion of all the purposely false and defamatory stories put out this week by the Fake News Media.The congressman said: “Not all attacks on journalists this year have been committed by Trump supporters, but the fact remains that rhetoric emanating from the world’s most powerful office is stoking an environment in which these attacks proliferate.We must send a loud, clear message that such violence won’t be tolerated.” The Democrats co-sponsoring the Journalist Protection Act have a history of attacking the president. Cohen introduced five articles of impeachment against Trump in November, claiming the president’s “attacks on ‘so-called judges’ and ‘fake news’ have undermined public confidence in the judiciary and the press.” Rep.He claimed the legislation must be passed to protect reporters from the “toxic environment” created by President Trump, who has accused some media outlets of reporting “fake news.” Swalwell’s bill makes it a federal crime “to intentionally cause bodily injury to a journalist affecting interstate or foreign commerce in the course of reporting or in a manner designed to intimidate him or her from newsgathering for a media organization” and “represents a clear statement that assaults against people engaged in reporting is unacceptable, and helps ensure law enforcement is able to punish those who interfere with newsgathering.” The Journalist Protection Act is co-sponsored by the following 12 Democrats: Reps. I.), Grace Napolitano (Calif.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Andre Carson (Ind.), Debbie Dingell (Mich.), Darren Soto (Fla.), Ro Khanna (Calif.), Jose Serrano (N.