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‘Extraordinary’: Hollywood Actors Union Passes New Resolution Targeting Trump, Won’t Say His Name

Citing “extraordinary times,” powerful actors union SAG-AFTRA issued a resolution Friday meant to condemn President Trump, a member of the union whose name the resolution deliberately leaves out. This is not the first time the union has rebuked its Hollywood-hated member.

While the resolution passed unanimously by over 400 delegates representing the 160,000-member union on Friday fails to call out Trump by name, it begins by quoting his repeated description of the media as “the enemy of the people.”

“We are living in an extraordinary time when the news media has been attacked as spreading false stories and as an enemy of the people,” the resolution reads.

“SAG-AFTRA has on at least two occasions since the last national convention, issued strong statements on behalf of a free and unencumbered press,” it continues. “SAG-AFTRA believes that the entities that employ journalists must do everything they can to ensure their freedom, protection and safety.”

“As a proud labor union representing more than 160,000 broadcasters, actors and entertainers, the union stands with all of its members in ensuring that the basic rights of an unrestricted and independent press continue to be defended,” it concludes.

The resolution is the third pro-free press, anti-Trump statement passed by the union. The first was issued within the first month of Trump’s presidency, three days after he slammed the “fake news media” as “the enemy of the people.”

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Trump tweeted.

In response, the powerful union passed a resolution on February 20, which, like its shorter more recent resolution on the free press, opted not to name Trump:

As a union whose membership includes broadcast and online journalists, SAG-AFTRA champions the rights of a free press, whose primary role is to provide citizens with the information they need to effectively govern a democracy. These rights are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which establishes that the press shall be free from government interference in the dissemination of information, ideas and opinions.

SAG-AFTRA, journalists and non-journalists alike, supports a free and unencumbered press and stands with any journalist who might find his or her ability to report on our government challenged or compromised.

SAG-AFTRA believes first and foremost that citizens in a democracy need the truth. Furthermore, SAG-AFTRA believes that journalists have an obligation to monitor and question those in power, pointing out wrongdoing when they find it, noting when facts asserted are not supported by evidence, and reporting inconsistencies in the positions of public figures.

As working professionals, members of the news media have an obligation to verify the accuracy of what they report, with loyalty only to their readers, listeners and viewers and not to any political party, affiliation, or ideology.

As a proud labor union representing more than 160,000 broadcasters, actors and entertainers SAG-AFTRA stands with all of its members in ensuring that the basic rights of a free and independent press continue to be upheld.

SAG-AFTRA issued a similar defense of the free press just eight months later in direct response to Trump asking in a tweet “at what point is it appropriate to challenge” the “fake news”-producing media’s “license.”

“Fake [NBC News] made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made to demean. NBC = CNN,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets on Oct. 11, 2017. “With all the Fake News coming out of NBC and the networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for the country!”

“As a union whose membership includes broadcast and online journalists, SAG-AFTRA champions the rights of a free press, whose primary role is to provide citizens with the information they need to effectively govern a democracy,” the union said in a statement, as reported by Variety.

“These rights are guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which establishes that the press shall be free from government interference in the dissemination of information, ideas and opinions,” it continued. “SAG-AFTRA, journalists and non-journalists alike, supports a free and unencumbered press and stands with any journalist who might find his or her ability to report on our government challenged or compromised.”

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Annabel

    October 14, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Sanctimonious bunch of pious leftists who have long ago strayed far from their own ethics. This has had the effect of diminishing their work in the eyes of many of the public, verified by their low
    audience interest.

    • Dean Perry

      October 20, 2019 at 7:12 am

      What low audience interest???? Look at the box office results!!!!!!

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