GOP Senator Tom Cotton goes off the deep end
Senator and insurrection enabler Tom Cotton of Arkansas went nuts this week, angrily spewing about the dangers of journalists being allowed to do their jobs. All of this started because of legislation is known as the PRESS Act. The purpose of this legislation is to offer journalists a measure of protection by not allowing the United States government to order them to disclose sources.
Sadly, Cotton did not like this legislation. And he let us know that loud and clear. “It would treat the press as a special caste of crusaders for truth,” he yelled. “The PRESS act would immunize journalists and leakers alike from scrutiny and consequences for their actions.”
This diatribe lives up to Cotton’s loony reputation. In recent years, Cotton, out of all the Senators, has been high on the list in his transition to being Donald Trump. These comments of his make little sense and actually sound a bit like something the Donald would say.
But it gets worse. Because Cotton, seemingly growing more unhinged by the moment, started carrying on about The Pentagon Papers. “During the Vietnam War,” Cotton pontificated, “The New York Times published the Pentagon Papers in an effort to demoralize the American people and turn them against the war effort.”
Sigh. Save us from lunatic republicans who know nothing about history. The PRESS act, which had bi-partisan support, unfortunately, did not make it to the omnibus Bill. And that is mainly because of Senator Tom Cotton. He evidently believes journalists are not supposed to do their job. In the meantime, Cotton might want to do a deep-dive into history to understand the Pentagon Papers. But being that he’s Tom Cotton, he most likely will not.