During a recent event in the UK, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour railed against the Johnson administration, who she accused of acting like the Trump administration in trying to “delegitimize the press.”
In a tweet Amanpour called for a “Nato” modeled mainstream media alliance where an attack on one is an attack on all.
The Johnson administration here is trying to do to mainstream media what the Trump administration is in the United States has been doing for the past four years: to marginalize, to delegitimize, and maybe even to dismantle.
Be careful. Keep your guard up. We are the pillars are democracy and freedom. They may be there for a few turns. Journalists are there forever.
— Max Foster (@MaxFosterCNN) February 27, 2020
We need to guard against leaders delegitimizing the press.
Journalists are the pillars of democracy and freedom.
Let’s have our own “NATO Article 5”: an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. https://t.co/GVw0ALfH0x
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) February 27, 2020
Many on Twitter fired back at Amanpour and did not agree with her argument.
You're no more presumptively "legitimate" than anyone else. You don't pass a test, hold a license, comply with an ethics code, risk discipline or have to have any credentials at all to be a "journalist."
Most of you are entertainers. At best.
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) February 27, 2020
Every other professional field has criteria/licensing/certification
You can’t even be a hair stylist without it
Why are “journalists” exempt?
— Cheese Crackers (@Why45huh) February 27, 2020
Stop pushing a globalist agenda nobody wants and you won’t be called out. Why can’t we just have straight news?
— IrritatedWoman (@irritatedwoman) February 27, 2020
Wow! Talk about over inflated sense of self. 😂
— Michele 🇺🇸 🇮🇪 (@micheleros) February 27, 2020
Sure. This is the press:https://t.co/I3Lywckq7f
— Samuel Culper 722 (@politiwars) February 27, 2020