Does The First Amendment Cover Bloggers?

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Sounds like a stupid question right? Well not to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. With the main stream media becoming less relevant and more of the way of the dinosaur in recent years, it seems that more Americans are turning to the Internet for their news and facts. America has been without a free press for  some time now and within the last 5 years it has been more and more clear as time went on. It took awhile but America seems to be realizing that we no longer have a mainstream of free press. Our “Free Press” is issued talking points with press releases and like good lap dogs run out and shout from the rooftops exactly what the big government machine wants them to shout. If you can stomach it, take 10 minutes for each main news network and pay attention to the commentators.

It is no surprise to me that this issue is coming about. With the recent scandals and controversies surrounding this Administration I am surprised it took so long. Let’s look back at the Fast and Furious blunder. The mainstream media vastly ignored it, the real info getting out was from podcasters such as Michael Bane and lowly bloggers like myself. If we go back further we see it was a small fish in the large internet ocean named Matt Drudge that broke a story about a White House intern by the name of Monica Lewinsky and we all know how that ended. The biggest threat to a large out of control government is an actual Free Press.

The question asked by Graham,

“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves is any blogger out there saying anything — do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times. You can sit in your mother’s basement and chat away, I don’t care. But when you start talking about classified programs, that’s when it gets to be important. So, if classified information is leaked out on a personal website or [by] some blogger, do they have the same First Amendments rights as somebody who gets paid [in] traditional journalism?”

Traditional journalists are punished now for conducting real journalism Mr. Graham, just ask some of the ones that have gotten out of step with the talking points.

Graham walked back his questioning and stated that it was only directed at revealing classified information. He has tried to make kissy face with the Blog-0-sphere in recent days, but in reality did the question ever need to be asked?

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.

Mr. Graham, this is at the top for a reason.

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  1. Ed says:

    Blogging = freedom of speech. As long as someone’s speech(or blogging in this case) does not cross into the realm of illegal activities, i.e. – inciting riots, libel, etc, then it should be protected as “speech” not just as journalism…..Notice the use of the word “or” in the amendment.

  2. Arizona and Connecticut harassment statutes under facial attack as over-broad and vague concerning 1st amendment expression. 5 motions in the below,

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