Re: American free speech
A politician who assaults a reporter will not be a politician for long.
I wouldn't bet on it. There are quite a few who believe violence is a perfectly acceptable response, and those exercising it are heroes for not being bound by the 'evil of political correctness'. They aren't going to be swayed by whatever the 'liberal, lying, fake news media for snowflakes' says, free press or not. 'Let them drown in their libtard tears'.
The pen isn't always mightier than the sword. There are some people who simply won't be swayed by words, argument or any amount of debate.