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Elon Law scholar offers insights during Capitol Tonight segment

Associate Dean Enrique Armijo joined in a discussion for the statewide Spectrum News politics program about the most recent conflict between President Donald Trump and the media. 

An Oct. 12 segment of the statewide politics program Capitol Tonight on Spectrum News featured the insights of Enrique Armijo, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law at the Elon University School of Law. 

Enrique Armijo, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law at the Elon University School of Law

Armijo joined host Tim Boyum as well as reporter Callum Borchers of the Washington Post and Joe Cabosky, assistant professor in the UNC School of Journalism, to discuss President Donald Trump recent suggestion that NBC News should not be permitted to continue broadcasting. 

“We are in an unprecedented situation where the president is making threats through the media, at the media," Armijo said during the program. "No president loves the media – even Barack Obama had his problems with the way his administration was covered, and that was certainly true of George W. Bush as well – but we’ve never had a president who took his platform and his podium to make affirmative threats at the media, and cast doubts about its credibility, and to really take aim at the media’s methods and its intent.

"That’s what I think is troubling about this. And that is why many people are concerned that this crosses a constitutional line that has never been crossed before.”

Watch the entire segment here

An influential scholar often cited in news coverage of First Amendment issues, Armijo’s scholarship has appeared in the Boston College Law Review, the Washington and Lee Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the peer-reviewed Communication Law and Policy and Political Science Quarterly, and other journals. He has also worked with regulators and practitioners on media reform throughout the world, including in Jordan, Rwanda, and Myanmar.

Armijo’s work has been cited by the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Election Commission, and other agencies, and in testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Armijo regularly comments on technology law issues for Bloomberg Law and serves as an Affiliated Fellow of the Yale Law School Information Society Project. 

Owen Covington,
10/13/2017 3:20 PM