Liberals like to scream about how President Trump is a threat to press freedom. The reality is that President Trump just likes to point out that a lot of what we see in the media is biased, fake news or flat-out leftist propaganda. He doesn’t try to stop them saying it; he just points out how ridiculous they are. If you want to see real restrictions on press freedom, you need to go to liberal bastions like San Francisco. Of course, why would you expect a clear view of the truth in Fog City?
Leftists, like San Francisco’s city government, regularly accuse the president of trying to restrict the freedom of the press. It’s true that Trump has been a vocal — sometimes harsh — critic of the mainstream media, and hasn’t hesitated to deny access to some journalists. That shouldn’t be a surprise if you consider the shocking way he’s been treated by many reporters. But has he actually tried to stop journalists doing their jobs? No. It’s a shame we can’t say the same about the mayor of San Francisco.
- San Francisco’s popular public defender, Jeff Adachi, died in unknown circumstances on February 24th of this year. The San Francisco PD investigated his death but said they found no evidence of foul play. That conclusion hasn’t been disputed, but many San Franciscans were concerned that the investigation and its findings were being kept from the public.
- Step forward freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, who managed to obtain a sensitive police report about Adachi’s death. Carmody released the report to local TV stations, who reported on its contents. This didn’t cause any harm — all that happened was the public stayed up to date on what was happening about the death of a popular elected official.
- However, far-left mayor London Breed seems to have decided that a free press is great when it’s going after a Republican president, but not so good when it goes against what she wants herself. Soon after the report was released in April, Carmody answered the door of his apartment to find two SFPD officers standing there.
- The cops politely asked Carmondy who had leaked the report to him. Carmody, as keen to protect his sources as any journalist, politely declined to tell them. As far as he was concerned that was the end of the story.
- It wasn’t. On May 10th it was a dozen cops who turned up — and this time they brought a search warrant, sledgehammers and a breaching ram. Carmody was given a choice of letting them in or watching his door disintegrate — and then he was cuffed for six hours while police officers tore his apartment to pieces, seizing computers, phones and hard drives. When they finally left, they took Carmody’s entire document and image archive with them — everything he’d produced in 29 years of journalism.
- Carmody says he was just protecting his source, as journalists are professionally prone to do. Mayor Breed says raiding a reporter’s home in search of information is “appropriate.” The mainstream media are saying … nothing. It seems they’re outraged at every little insult directed at a journalist from the Right, but OK with blatant harassment from the Left. Is anyone surprised?