[Just to remind you of the media’s big ‘to do’ this week] —
Diogenes’ Middle Finger:
Apparently this is not a joke. It’s going to happen later this week:
“The Boston Globe’s editorial page is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the United States to President Trump’s frequent attacks on the news media. ‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ said Marjorie Pritchard, a deputy managing editor of the Globe, referring to a characterization of journalists that Trump has used in the past. The president, who contends he has largely been covered unfairly by the press, also employs the term ‘‘fake news’’ often when describing the media.”
‘”I hope it would educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable,’’ she said. ‘‘We are a free and independent press, it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution.”
“The Globe has reached out to editorial boards nationwide to write and publish editorials on Aug. 16 denouncing what the newspaper called a ‘‘dirty war against the free press.”
If I’m remembering correctly from my American History Studies, the First Amendment included the right to say things you disagree with, including the President for that matter? Or, ladies and gentlemen of the press, is the First Amendment only for words you like?
DJT is free to call you “fake news”, and if you honor the First Amendment then by the very principle you claim you must respect his derision of you. It is only if you do not, and in fact want to arrogate to yourself power you don’t have, to censor information and opinion you disagree with, that you would claim otherwise.
Yet that is exactly what you propose here – to shout down someone you disagree with. May I remind you that “hate speech” is not only in the eye of the beholder because the very term “hate speech” is subjective. The right, even the kooky far right, doesn’t show up at a restaurant and verbally & physically assault people. read more