(Doesn’t the First Amendment give you the right to call your elected officials morons? – promoted by Colorado Pols)
This is almost too stupid to be believed. Sarah Palin is actually claiming that the press – by criticizing her negative campaigning – is violating her First Amendment rights. Source and more after the jump.
ABC News reports that in an interview with a conservative radio station, Palin criticized the media for chilling her First Amendment rights:
Palin told WMAL-AM 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.”
There’s much more on Palin’s latest gaffe here:
It’s really quite stunningly ignorant for a candidate for the second-highest office of the land to think that politicians have First Amendment rights to be protected against criticism by media – “mainstream” or otherwise.
Why, it’s almost like thinking that the Vice President is “in charge of” the Senate.
I would really love to see any of the pro-Palin commenters on this blog defend this latest idiotic comment by Gov. Palin.