Palin Claims Media is Violating her “First Amendment” Rights

(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.


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  1. Whiskey Lima JulietWhiskey Lima Juliet says:

    I was going to do a diary on the fact the Repubs are coming out in droves saying Palin is not qualified to be VP – three days before the election.

    Was winning the election at the expense of the safety and well being of America really worth it?

    We all knew that Palin was not the right call from the very beginning, but it is three days before the end of an election that all Repubs know they are going lose and lose big, and now the pundits and politicians are coming out in droves to say Palin was not ready for the big league. Why didn’t they say this 9 weeks ago?

    This makes me really mad.  Are we so wrapped up in being Democrats and Republicans that we would sacrifice our very nation and our way of life just for a political party to win?

    My Dad would say, “This is cutting off your nose to spite your face.”

    I just don’t get it. My country is more important to me than my party.

  2. AristotleAristotle says:

    I hope she’s the one the hard right rallies ’round for the next four years. That will ensure that these couple of “bad years being Republican” becomes a bad decade.

  3. colorado76 says:

    Of course, also in fairness, most of us aren’t asking to, you know, be in charge of the country.

  4. ohwilleke says:

    which is also in the first amendment are equally odd.

    • davebarnesdavebarnes says:

      Evangelical Christians have the freedom to worship as they choose.

      All others should emigrate and leave the USA to “real” Americans.

      • BlueCat says:

        about 23% of the population.  Since not  every one of them is white and they don’t ALL live in small towns that would make small town white evangelicals an even smaller minority. So what makes them the real Americans any more than other minorities, such as blacks or Hispanics, living in large metro areas or Italian Catholic firefighters living in New York City? Just wondering.  

  5. Bondo says:

    Doesn’t have an impact on the media. Well, not directly anyway. The media cannot violate the first Amendment. The Amendment is a restriction on governmental action, not media action.

    We do see the public misunderstanding of this on the left during the Dixie Chicks incident. What Clear Channel and the like did in using collusion in essence to blacklist a group was vile and perhaps ought to be restricted by law, as they are a private entity, it was not a violation of the First Amendment.

    Yes, I know this lecture was not for anyone here, but it is what comes naturally to me.

    • bob ewegen says:

      The Clear Channel thing might possibly have been open for a collusion in restraint of trade suit or you could hit them with anti-trust action but it doesn’t violate the first amendment.   BTW, outside of the field of labor law, I generally find your posts to be on point and well-argued.

    • PERA hopeful says:

      I was listening to Jay Marvin’s radio show one morning, and he had someone from the ACLU on talking about schools restricting what teachers can say about the election.  A caller said her friend teaches in a Catholic school, which prohibits teachers from having poltical bumper stickers on their cars if they park in the school lot.

      Jay Marvin and the ACLU person agreed that such a restriction violated the first amendment.  I wasn’t surprised at Marvin, who seems to have only the most tenuous grasp of most issues.  However, I was surprised and very depressed that an ACLU rep didn’t know that the first amendment doesn’t prevent a private school (and a religious one at that) from regulating the speech of its employees on its property.

  6. is that both freedom of speech and the press are contained in the same clause…see below

    “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.”

  7. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    If she thinks people are laying into her bad now…

  8. johntheman7 says:

    Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is the best future leader for this nation, not Senator Barak Obama.  Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is also would be better at leading our nation in the future after a McCain Presidency than Senator Barak Obama would be in leading our nation in the future starting in January 2009. There are great reasons our  soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin would be a better future leader than Senator Barak Obama. The greatest reason for our  soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin’s is ideology. Our  soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is conservative in that she is pro life, marriage, guns, low taxes, low government spending, small government, unintrosive government, traditional and judeo Christian values, Bible reading and prayer in our public schools, and military spending.She is also pro free and private enterprize. Senator Barak Obama is a liberal who is anti every thing that I have described that our  soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is pro about or for. A second reason that our  soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is superior is because of experience. As a governor she has two years of executive administrative governing experience that Senator Barak Obama does not have. A final reason that our  soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is superior is because of political accomplishments. When our soon to be  Vice President Sarah Palin came to office she accomplished 3 major things which are as follows: she showed great leadership in the 3 following areas: government reform, the state budget and the economy, and wise use of natural resources. She reformed government by standing up to the big oil companies by breaking up the monopoly on power and resources. She insisted on competition and basic fairness which ended the control that the oil companies had on the state, and thereby returning control of the state back to the people. She also stood up to the special interest and lobbyist, and produced major ethics reform. She lead well in the state budget by generating a surplus which came about by vetoing a half billion dollars of wasteful spending, ending the abuses of earmark spending by congress, and by getting rid of the private jet, the chef, and the chuffer. Economically under her leadership she brought about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. She also suspended the state fuel tax, and when oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, she sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged – directly to the people of Alaska . On natural resources she has shown great leadership by beginning a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. When the last section of the pipeline is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. Senator Barak Obama has done nothing, so please vote John McCain for President and give to our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin the opportunity that she deserves leading the nation into the future after a John McCain presidency. When our soon to be Vice President does lead the nation as President after a John McCain presidency,she will be the greatest President that we have ever had. Finally she is smarter than Senator Barak Obama

    Thank You

    John Warren

  9. Jambalaya says:

    …just when you thought she couldn’t get any dumber.  Someone refresh her drink please.

  10. Pam Bennett says:

    “The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very firest object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I sould not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”  Thomas Jefferson to Carrington, 1787.

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