Tom Tugendhat MP: Politicians should be challenged by the press

 Tom Tugendhat MP: Politicians should be challenged by the press

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat has said that politicians should be “challenged” by the media and “should find it uncomfortable” after a CNN reporter had his White House pass revoked for confronting President Trump.

Mr Tugendhat, the MP for Tonbridge and Malling told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “If you do not have a challenge of authority, then you don’t have a democracy.

“I am not going to pretend that I like it every day but that is the point.

“The point is that people in power, politicians like me, shouldn’t like it every day.

“We should be challenged by it and find it uncomfortable.

“That is the whole point of a free press.”

 

Media 'are not enemy of the people' 

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta confronted President Trump during a news conference after asking a question about the caravan of migrants heading from South America to the US border.

Mr Tugendhat said he was “concerned” about what had happened.

“I am very concerned about what I am hearing from the United States overnight and in fact over the last few months,” he said.

“Whatever the press are, they are not the enemy of the people. They are challengers of authority and that is absolutely essential in a democracy.

“The problem with the United States is that it givens an opportunity to other countries to ignore the right of the free press.

“Sadly, we have seen many journalists killed this year and silenced by regimes like Turkey, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

“That undermines liberty in the world and is an extremely dangerous trend.”

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