CNN Fires Hill and Proves They Are As Big A Foe of First Amendment As Trump

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CNN news just proved they are as big a foe of the First Amendment protection for a journalist as President Donald Trump. A few weeks ago, CNN was appalled when their White House beat reporter Jim Acosta had his White House press pass pulled because Trump did not like his aggressive style during press conferences.

Acosta asks tough questions and usually has a tougher follow-up query if given a BS response to the initial question. He does exactly what a reporter worth his or her salt should do. He does it well.

After a court battle, the White House was ordered by a federal court judge to restore Acosta’s press credentials.

Now this, CNN Contributor Marc Lamont Hill was fired from the network days after he delivered a speech at the United Nations in which he argued for Palestinian Statehood. Apparently, CNN objected to Hill’s use of the phrase: “from the river to the sea.”

Jews view this phrase as a call for the removal of the Israeli state. Hill said he meant it to refer to a geographic area. Although Jews are a minority and in this country are subject to racial hatred from white Americans, they are very powerful when it comes to shutting down criticism to Israelis occupation of Palestine.

Essentially, Hill’s firing is for articulating his first amendment right to discuss an issue in the mainstream of news journalism. It was a thoughtful speech and free of hatred of any kind. Yet Hill was shown the door as if he had barked out some hideous anti-sematic garbage akin to right-wing hate speech.

While I applaud CNN going to bat for Acosta. I hold them in utter contempt for the firing of Hill over the exercise of the first right given to citizens of this country under its constitution.

Shame on you CNN. The next time you point a finger at Trump on blunting the authority of journalists to speak the truth, note that you took the opposite stance when it came to a Black journalist speaking out on a major international policy issue of the day.

Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist. He is a Contributor at The Hill, SCLC National Magazine, Southern Changes Magazine, Medium and Black College Nines. He can be contacted at hmharvey@haroldmichaelharvey.com

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Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at haroldmichaelharvey.com

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