Someone tell John Oliver.
Don’t worry about Donald Trump and the First Amendment, says Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes: He won’t harm it, despite a campaign promise to “open up” libel laws, and a tweet proposing to strip flag-burners of their citizenship.
But Bewkes, who runs one of the world’s biggest media companies, says you should be worried about the Democratic Party, because its 2016 campaign posed a “threat to the First Amendment.”
Speaking at Business Insider’s Ignition conference, Bewkes said Democrats “had a campaign plank to change the First Amendment … in the guise of campaign finance reform.”
That would “restrain multiple voices,” Bewkes told interviewer Henry Blodget. “And so I thought the threat to the First Amendment came from the Democratic side.”
Bewkes was responding to a question from Blodget, who said Trump was “threatening to effectively change the First Amendment.” A Time Warner rep confirmed that Bewkes was referring to a line in the Democrats’ 2016 platform that called for “a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United.”
Citizens United is the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that removed some limits on political giving for corporations, citing the First Amendment.
Here’s a transcript of Blodget’s question and Bewkes’s response:
Henry Blodget: But