Some people don’t know what they are talking about. Like Taylor Millard at Hot Air:
Here’s why this entire Trump vs. Michelle Fields thing makes me angry: freedom of the press. It’s an important part of American history, and a basic foundation of its creation. Freedom of the press was put in the Constitution because of John Peter Zenger’s trial for libel in 1734 after he criticized New York Royal Governor William Cosby. This is why Trump’s comments about opening up libel laws are scary (and anti-American) because of what happened to Zenger. This is why former University of Missouri professor Melissa Click’s actions last fall are just as infuriating because they violate freedom. The same goes for the Obama Administration’s attempt to go after Fox reporter James Rosen and the Associate Press’ phone records and the Bush administration going after Judith Miller. It makes me cringe to see more and more people try to keep the press from doing its job. I can understand the right to privacy (especially when the government wants to get all up in our business), but when stuff like this happens it shows just how tenuous America’s relationship with freedom actually is.
The First Amendment guarantees that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Just as freedom of speech does not create any duty to listen, freedom of the press does not create any duty to answer reporter’s questions. It also does not create a special right to trespass where other citizens cannot go.
Donald Trump is a private citizen. His efforts to stifle the press do not implicate the First Amendment.
BTW – The Zenger case stands for the principle that truth is a defense to libel and it is one of the earliest examples of jury nullification.