The author in this article, Kelsey Jukam discusses about a Texas Republican introducing bills in the state House that would limit the freedom of the press. In the article, many say they oppose these bills and that they are unconstitutional and violate the press' first amendment. One of the many who claim these bills violate the freedom of the press is Stacy Allen who is an attorney that represents the Texas Association of Broadcasters. She argued that one of the bills (HB 3388) will do serious harm to the state's shield law which protects the press or any sort of media from revealing its' sources. She is against limiting the freedom of the press and her position is influenced by her involvement in the Texas Associaton of Broadcasters because she advocates for the press. It seems clear that having bills introduced that restrict and violate a freedom given to the press brings attention to her because she has a conservative perspective and wants the press to keep the freedom they were given.
The author of this article, Pete Madden, talks about the arrest of journalist Dan Heyman. He was charged with "willful disruption of government processes", supposedly by "aggressively breaching the secret service agents" and causing a "disturbance by yelling questions." Heyman was just questioning a Trump Administrator about a health care bill and doing his job as a reporter. In the article, many argued that this arrest was unfair and violated his freedom of the press and all charges against him should be dropped right away and his right of questioning government officials should be respected. One of the many who argued Heyman's freedom of the press was violated was Jamie Lynn Crofts, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties who specifically said, " We’re absolutely concerned that this is something that’s trickling down from the highest levels of the administration,... We have a president who every day is saying the media is “fake news” and is refusing to call on reporters he doesn’t like. Eventually that's going to seep down to other areas, including law enforcement.” Since Crofts is in ACLU, his argument is influenced by that because this organization works daily to defend individual rights and since Heyman's freedom of the press was violated, it becomes alarming to Crofts and starts feeling concerned for other reporters' freedom getting violated as well, since Trump became president. It is clear that Crofts disapproves high level administration to be violating a simple freedom given by the government itself.
The authors in this article, Michael J. Abramowitz and Arch Puddington, talk about how Trump's negative feelings towards the press are influencing other countries to restrict their press's freedom or just simply take it away. At the end of the article, they warn the audience that Trump's "violations" towards the media display the United States losing its value of democracy. They are against Trump's actions and state that Trump can't restrict or take away the freedom of the press and it's the duty of the new government to respect it. Puddington and Abramowitz are involved in Freedom House which is an organization that focuses on promoting freedom, supporting human rights, spread democracy globally, etc. With regard to this, their support on human rights and spreading democracy influences their perspective on being against Trump's influence on limiting and taking away the freedom of the press in other countries because Trump's actions are contradicting with Abramowitz and Puddington goals in the US which is to have democracy across the country. Clearly, they don't appreciate Trump's actions and call him out for giving other countries the influence of limiting the freedom of the press in their government and for being a bystander.
The author, A.F Branco, in this cartoon demonstrates how the American media has shifted their point of view on the president since 2008. Here, the media is now against their own president, Donald J. Trump, because of his feelings towards them. During the election and recently in his presidency, Trump has been continuously making rude remarks and taunts towards the media. For example, in a press conference where Trump was answering questions about a fundraiser, he attacked the political press by saying they were "dishonest and unfair." In the same conference, he argued that it was the media's duty to commemorate him on his "successes." Additionally, since Trump's attacks on the press, they have been "limited" on what they can say based on Trump's liking. Because of this, the media's perspective has been influenced on being against him because he is strictly taking away their freedom through verbal action and since he's so against the press, the media doesn't want a president who is going to be against them and not respect their freedom of the press. A.F Branco displays the media's perspective by showing a switch in how they were against citizens not supporting Barack Obama (2008 president), to they themselves not supporting the 2016 president, Donald Trump.
Regarding the issue with Trump and the Press, Clay Jones, the author of this cartoon, displays and mocks Trump's actions towards the Press. Based on Trump scorning the media and not believing in the freedom of the press, Jones makes fun of the recent incidents of Trump kicking out reporters like the reporter from Univision, Jorge Ramos, getting dismissed during a Trump Press conference. Jones claims that he doesn't position himself in political parties and believes it's his duty to tease authority and to provoke his audience to think deeper on what he is trying to say. Since Jones believes this, his perspective on mocking Trump's actions is influenced by how he is trying to make the audience second think of Trump's actions and demonstrate that they aren't just ridiculous but unfair and disrespectful towards the press. He shows this through sarcasm and ridicule in his cartoon when Trump asks for questions from the press but since he kicked them all out, they're not there to ask them