“The reality is, journalism is really going to change a lot more in the digital area,” Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) says in a brief video released on his Twitter page Sunday evening.
“A Republic will not work if we don’t have shared facts,” he said.
“The only way the republic can work is if we come together and we defend each other’s rights to say things that we differ about. We defend each other’s rights to publish journalism and pieces and things that we then want to argue about,” Sasse said.
“We need to come together as a people and reteach our kids what the First Amendment is about,” he said, adding in an indirect swipe at President Trump, “It’s not helpful to call the press the enemies of the American people.”
— Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) December 31, 2017
In one of his slams against the media, President Trump had tweeted in February that, “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Days earlier, Sasse also shared another video about the First Amendment, noting the alarming situation about the “safe space” movement on college campuses today, where 41 percent of Americans under age 35 now tell pollsters that they think the First Amendment is “dangerous,” because what you say might hurt someone else’s feelings.
What this terrifying statistic tells us: we are failing to teach the First Amendment to the next generation. pic.twitter.com/TBHz8WIf6Q
— Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) December 26, 2017