No, You Don’t Have a First Amendment Right To Get Your Speech Aired on Cable News
It seems obvious that a cable news channel choosing not to show a lengthy speech in its entirety does not violate the First Amendment. However, Liz Harrington, a spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, hasn’t seemed to have gotten the memo.
On Tuesday night, Trump announced his 2024 presidential run in an hour-long speech from his Mar-a-Lago residence. In the lead-up to the speech, Harrington appeared on right-wing news station Real America’s Voice. During the discussion, host Steve Bannon asked Harrington if stations like Fox or CNN are going to “cover this live” or “still going to try to embargo” the speech or “shut him down.”
“They don’t want the American people to hear directly from the biggest leader of the greatest political movement in our history,” Harrington replied. “So I do suspect they’ll try to censor and cut away. However, the people are anxious to hear from him. So they will go right around the major networks if they do indeed cut away… because that’s what you have to do now. We do not have the First Amendment, it’s under attack.”
That assertion is plainly incorrect. Not only is it obviously true tha
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