The first thing a despot (see Donald Trump) does when he or she becomes president/premier/dictator is to muzzle the press.

They don’t want a free press/television/radio/internet spreading the truth. Trump’s criticism of our news purveyors has been incessant. He must be taking lessons from Vladimir Putin on how to suppress the truth by calling every negative news report “fake news.”

The Founding Fathers were intelligent and farsighted enough to ensure freedom of the press in the Bill of Rights, Amendment 1, which reads in part, “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.”

Unfortunately, the Trump administration has made its first successful attack by doing away with internet “net neutrality.” There is no other medium that allows us to communicate almost immediately with each other. With the ruling by the FCC, the internet can be controlled.

Newspapers, radio and television will be Trump’s next targets.

Richard Muranaka, Murray