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Ben Sasse Defends First Amendment in New Years Message: ‘Not Helpful to Call the Press the Enemy’

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) released a video address on New Years Eve where he reflected on the importance of the First Amendment and having civil discourse in America.

Sasse warned that the country cannot lose sight of of “shared public facts,” even as the political and media worlds continue to be shaken up by intense partisanship and changes in journalism.

“A republic will not work if we do not have shared facts,” Sasse said.

The senator said the only way the country will survive is if everyone agrees to defend each others’ rights to challenge each other while putting different kinds of journalism forward. Sasse also warned against political echo chambers, saying America won’t work if that kind of “tribalism” stays on the rise.

“We need to come together as a people and reteach what the First Amendment is all about,” said Sasse. “It’s not helpful to call the press the enemy of the American people.”

That last remark might have been a jab at President Trump, who has called the media the “enemy” in his past slams on the press.

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