Trump Says He’ll Stop Media Company Mergers That Threaten Free Press


A senior adviser to Donald Trump told reporters that the GOP presidential nominee would break up large media conglomerates via antitrust law if he were elected, thus creating more voices and putting an end to the hegemony of the liberal media.

Peter Navarro, a senior economic adviser to Trump, told Breitbart News Sunday on XM Radio that breaking up corrupt conglomerates would be akin to “draining the media swamp,” saying that the oligopolies worked to maintain the status quo at any cost.

“So how does this apply in the digital age? Well, check it out: What we’ve got are these large media conglomerates basically monopolizing the flow of information, intruding on our private information, and pursuing agendas through their media outlets which are consistent with their own profit-maximizing goals, including things like shipping our factories off shore and our jobs off shore … and controlling the narrative and the flow of information to make sure people like Hillary Clinton get in office so they will go along with that media agenda,” Navarro said.

“I’ve seen a lot of elections. This is the worst I’ve ever seen in the terms of the breakdown of the wall that’s supposed to (be) between the editorial function of these media outlets, print or electronic, and the news reporter,” he explained. “That wall has been crushed.”

Navarro said that breaking them up would be key in changing the status quo in Washington.

“It’s a perversion of our electoral process in a way which is designed to put a candidate in office, to maintain the status quo, which is killing American workers, killing American factories, killing the American economy,” Navarro said. “And this is a conversation that needs to be out there.”

You can listen to the interview here:

When Navarro was asked whether the plan would go down well with pro-business conservatives who are generally against anti-trust legislation, he said, “It’s a mistake to believe that Trump’s base is the Republican Party as we’ve known it. Trump’s base is actually the independents … And he’s bringing in the Republican Party. He’s a totally different Republican.”

“He has transformed the Republican Party and it’s never going back,” he added.

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