Fire and fury

CNN reporter Jim Acosta has been banned from the White House following this heated exchange. Do President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media threaten free speech?

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  1. Write a definition of “fake news”. What is it? Is the phrase useful or harmful? Why does President Trump use the term so often? Discuss your answers in pairs and then share with the class.
  2. Research the role of the free press in a democracy, the rights enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution, and examples of state-controlled media. Write a short essay evaluating the statement: “A free press is the foundation for any democracy.”