In a highly anticipated ceremony on Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order directing the government to take action in protecting free speech on college campuses. It wasn’t something that enthused the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and, NBC) so they omitted it from their evening broadcasts. Instead, they all cheered on New Zealand for their swift movement in banning so-called “assault weapons.” So, that’s two rights the liberal media seemingly don’t like.
In sharp contrast, Fox News and chief White House correspondent John Roberts covered the story early on during Special Report.
“At a ceremony in the East Room this afternoon, President Trump took a step he hopes will ensure all voices are heard on college campuses across the nation,” Roberts reported. “In an executive order, the President directed his cabinet agencies to tie federal grants for education and research to more aggressive enforcement of the First Amendment.”
At the signing ceremony, President Trump explained to the crowd how “under the guise of speech codes, and safe spaces, and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to restrict free thought, impose total conformity and shut down the voices of great young Americans.”
Roberts added: “The move follows incidents at several colleges and universities where conservatives have been targeted, including UC Berkeley were a student, Aidan Williams, was punched in the face for supporting the President and conservative policies.” And it was something Trump had announced during his annual CPAC address earlier this month.
The executive order was welcomed by many, including the non-partisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), who said in a press release: “To the extent that today’s executive order asks colleges and universities to meet their existing legal obligations, it should be uncontroversial.”
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The press release added:
FIRE knows from years of experience that censorship silences students and faculty from across the ideological and political spectrum. Any principled and effective defense of freedom of expression must protect student and faculty expressive rights without regard to viewpoint. To secure the benefits of the “marketplace of ideas” for campus communities and for our nation as a whole, all students and faculty must be free to peacefully speak their minds.
FIRE did have some questions about the enforcement of the executive order, because, as Fox News noted in an online report: “Public universities seeking funding would have to certify they comply with the First Amendment, which already applies to them. Private universities, which have more flexibility in limiting speech, would need to commit to their own institutional rules.”
Roberts also reported that the executive order “also requires colleges to be more transparent with data regarding debt and earnings of their graduates broken down into areas of study.”
Again, this was something that went completely unmentioned by the liberal broadcast networks Thursday evening. ABC and NBC found it more important to hype the possible completion on the Special Counsel’s report, which was expected at any time.
LifeNews Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.