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Once Again, Sarah Palin Clearly Doesn’t Understand The First Amendment

Back during the Presidential campaign, Sarah Palin reacted to the media microscope she had been under since August 29th by saying this:

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.”

She repeated this sentiment a few months ago when she suggested that a lack of media “fairness” was somehow a threat to democracy. As I noted at the time the plain language of the First Amendment says something different:

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.

She repeated this practice of associating legitimate press inquiry with a violation of “free speech” when she commented on the Carie Prejean non-scandal.

Now, via Ron Chusid, I see that Palin has done it again:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin– who stumped for 1st Congressional District GOP candidate Vaughn Ward Friday morning at Qwest Arena — touted Ward’s support for less government, lower taxes, a strong America “that we don’t apologize for.” She called him one of the most promising conservatives in the country. “We need someone to take a stand against the big government agenda of Nancy Pelosi,” Palin said.

Palin also talked about fixing “that ObamaCare scheme that was forced down our throats.”

She said the left and some of the mainstream media really play dirty sometimes.

“I know from experience,” she said to loud applause.

She said the media is afraid of Ward because he’s a threat to “the left’s hold on the First District.”

She told the crowd to hold the media accountable when they “twist and turn what Vaughn said.”

She referred back to her education at the University of Idaho, where she got a degree in communications. She said she learned then the “who, what, where, when and why,” but she said modern journalists have strayed from the traditional journalistic values.

“I think it’s appalling and a violation of our freedom of the press,” Palin said.

The fact that she continues to repeat this nonsense makes me think that she really believes it, and it makes me wonder where she got this very distorted, and dangerous, idea of what the First Amendment is all about.

One Response to “Once Again, Sarah Palin Clearly Doesn’t Understand The First Amendment”

  1. Ken says:

    You’re infringing on her rights with your criticism!

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