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Once Again We Ask, Has Sarah Palin Even Read The Constitution ?

by @ 3:22 pm on October 31, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Politics, Sarah Palin

Last week she said that the Vice-President was “in charge” of the Senate.

Now, apparently, she thinks the media is a threat to her First Amendment rights:

ABC News’ Steven Portnoy reports: In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by “attacks” from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama.

Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama’s associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate’s free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.

“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

For reference, here’s what the First Amendment actually says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

See ? Nothing in there about private entities, and nothing that says that a politician like Palin can say what they want without having to be held accountable for it by an independent, even critical media.

You see Governor, that’s what the whole freedom of the press thing is all about. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean that you get to say whatever you want without anyone criticizing you for it.

3 Responses to “Once Again We Ask, Has Sarah Palin Even Read The Constitution ?”

  1. It’s a disease, I swear – this right wing Christianist delusion that they have the “right” to say whatever they want, and be shielded from criticism and marginalization. It’s the same damn thing, over and over. ROFLMAO.

  2. Jason Bibeau says:

    I support anyones right to express their opinion even if I don’t agree with it. This onslaught against Gov. Palen is disengenuous to a pretty high degree. When the shoe is on the other foot, all we hear is about is how conservatives violated the 1st Amendment rights of democrats. If we are going to discuss this, lets also not forget about that peice of Yak Manure otherwise known as the “Fairness Doctrine” which is nothing more the PO’ed libs upset that talk radio presents a differenct point of view than the media has driven down our throats on nearly every major network for years.

    Any candidate should be able to say whatever they want so long as they can present information to support their allegations. If they can’t support those allegations, than they can face possible slander or defimation of charactor charges.

  3. Any candidate should be able to say whatever they want so long as they can present information to support their allegations. If they can’t support those allegations, than they can face possible slander or defimation of charactor charges.

    Are you saying that the press shouldn’t question what candidates say, or that candidates should be able to say whatever they want without the press questioning or pointing out that they’re wrong or hypocritical ?

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