Media was very free during Trump years. Might find it more difficult during Biden - simply because asking questions will no longer be classified under resistance and could well be classified as promoting the interests of a foreign opponent
One of the reasons I never thought Trump posed any risk to US democracy - reminder that those like me who argued that back in 2016 were proved right - was the adversarial relation between Trump and the media. Not there for Biden
Yes, I am taking a victory lap. Was much easier in 2016 to say Trump posed a mortal threat to American democracy and the vast, vast majority of commentators took that view
In the 4th tweet in this thread the esteemed Senator seems to suggest every reporter should think twice whether he or she wants to be treated as a Russian asset
I am not sure if that means no longer being invited to dinner parties or being prosecuted under the espionage act

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