Suspension of the First Amendment – Freedom of Press

I like it. Control the press, just like the Communist did!


7 Responses to “Suspension of the First Amendment – Freedom of Press”

  1. 1 Alan Scott
    5 July 2010 at 13:16

    Since the Democrats are in power, reporters are wimps. If Bush was still there, these guys would be falling all over themselves to get pictures of oiled birds. They would find a way past the security. There would be pictures on the nightly news every night.

  2. 5 July 2010 at 16:00

    Alan Scott,
    For granted, I think that the media would be in a different level of fury if a Republican in office (to include Michael Moore running around like a fat Oompa Loompa). However, it seems that the government did a little blocking on that too.

    What is weird is that you would think that if the “oil lovers” are not in power, then the Red-panty Liberals would be all about showing those oiled birds. But if even the Liberals are holding back on media, I think this is very telling. I think they realize that the people are starting to catch on that they are playing both cards and aggravating the cause.

    And with that said, I don’t know how anyone can still be all gung hoe about Obama. Sure, great speaker, but when does someone go, “hey, I need some meat here. Do something!”

  3. 3 Alan Scott
    6 July 2010 at 09:14


    There is a story on Fox that the Obama Administration was warned that the Government could not handle a major spill. This was in the spring of 09. Imagine if the Bush Administration had this warning and did not act. Olbermann would be slovering foam into the camera. Right now where is the ” You must resign Mr. President “?

  4. 6 July 2010 at 21:57

    Alan Scott,
    Bush did have a warning over Katrina and the media went nuts.

    If Obama had a warning on this whole issue, then we are really getting a show from our biased media.

  5. 5 Great Big Idea
    3 August 2010 at 07:45

    What a short memory the far right has! If I remember correctly all wings of the media went to sleep, rolled over and just parroted the Bush White House when they were trumping up a multi-trillion dollar unjustifiable war in Iraq based on non-existant weapons of mass destruction. If the press wants its freedom, IT must exercise it.

    That does not mean that the government has to provide limo service to the site, nor does it mean the government must cede to physical intrusion where the presence of reporters and their equipment may impede clean-up operations, necessary shipping or cleanup traffic, or disrupt or damage boom that has been put in place (security and safety).

    The press has not been hampered from reporting, just had their access limited, which to any sensible person may seem fair.

    On the other hand, your Tea Party friends seem to the the biggest threat, check Sharon Angle’s latest idea, “We want the press to ask the questions we want them to ask, and want them to report the story the way we want it reported.”

    And you talk about the threat from the Left. The real threat in the 1930’s Germany was from the Nazi right, and one of the first things they did (re. Sharon Angle) is throttle the rights to free press. And they did this by fueling the fear and anger of the middle class society. Anything sound familiar in what’s going on now?

    Got fear???????

  6. 6 DJ
    7 August 2010 at 01:30

    @Great Big Idea,

    You really need to read and understand the various forms of government. The National Socialist Party (Nazi) practiced Fascism, Fascism is a LEFT WING form of government. While it is ever so slightly to the right of Socialism, it is nontheless Left Wing. State Control of Press, State control of production, and limiting the rigths of the populace, are not, and have never been policies of the Right. The US was formed as a Republic, with INDIVIDUAL rights, INDIVIDUAL responsibility and INDIVIDUAL freedom-in other words, LIMITED govenrment. Our Republic is a Right Wing form of government.

    Regarding Sharon Angle, I suppose taking a gaffe or poor choice of words only applies to those with a political ideology different than yours; Chairman MaObama, while on the campaign trail spoke about visting 55 States and needing to visit a couple more…as I recall there re 50 , not 57 states. Lets not forget the myriad gaffes and misspeaks by Joe Biden (there are too many to count-you can find them on his numerous web pages), and we cannot ignore Speaker Pelosi, while advocating for Chairman MaObama’s stimulous package, when she says “500 million Americans [would] lose their jobs”, in a country of just over 300 million, that seems quite odd.

    “…non-existant weapons of mass destruction” Really? You are going back to that? History must not be your strong suite;

    1) “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.” — From a letter signed by Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara A. Milulski, Tom Daschle, & John Kerry among others on October 9, 1998

    2)”This December will mark three years since United Nations inspectors last visited Iraq. There is no doubt that since that time, Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to refine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer- range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.” — From a December 6, 2001 letter signed by Bob Graham, Joe Lieberman, Harold Ford, & Tom Lantos among others

    3) “Whereas Iraq has consistently breached its cease-fire agreement between Iraq and the United States, entered into on March 3, 1991, by failing to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction program, and refusing to permit monitoring and verification by United Nations inspections; Whereas Iraq has developed weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological capabilities, and has made positive progress toward developing nuclear weapons capabilities” — From a joint resolution submitted by Tom Harkin and Arlen Specter on July 18, 2002

    4) “Saddam’s goal … is to achieve the lifting of U.N. sanctions while retaining and enhancing Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs. We cannot, we must not and we will not let him succeed.” — Madeline Albright, 1998

    5) “Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement.” — Barbara Boxer, November 8, 2002

    6)”The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retained some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capability. Intelligence reports also indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons, but has not yet achieved nuclear capability.” — Robert Byrd, October 2002

    7) “What is at stake is how to answer the potential threat Iraq represents with the risk of proliferation of WMD. Baghdad’s regime did use such weapons in the past. Today, a number of evidences may lead to think that, over the past four years, in the absence of international inspectors, this country has continued armament programs.” — Jacques Chirac, October 16, 2002

    8) “The community of nations may see more and more of the very kind of threat Iraq poses now: a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction, ready to use them or provide them to terrorists. If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow.” — Bill Clinton in 1998

    9)”In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.” — Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002

    10) “Iraq is not the only nation in the world to possess weapons of mass destruction, but it is the only nation with a leader who has used them against his own people.” — Tom Daschle in 1998

    11) “The debate over Iraq is not about politics. It is about national security. It should be clear that our national security requires Congress to send a clear message to Iraq and the world: America is united in its determination to eliminate forever the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.” — John Edwards, Oct 10, 2002

    12) “I share the administration’s goals in dealing with Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction.” — Dick Gephardt in September of 2002

    and the list goes on.

    If you wish to discuss the merits of the war in Iraq, thats fine, but get your facts straight and quit regurgitating the same bullshit and accept the fact the aroud the world as well s herem, in the US, EVERYONE believed Iraq had WMD’s- and lets not forget he USED THEM ON HIS OWN PEOPLE!

  7. 7 Alan Scott
    7 August 2010 at 19:34

    Great Big Idea,

    ” The real threat in the 1930′s Germany was from the Nazi right, and one of the first things they did (re. Sharon Angle) is throttle the rights to free press. ”

    That is the kind of muddled thinking typical of leftwingers. Sharon Angle’s strategy of handling the press is actually, I hate to say it, Obama-like. Obamaites bragged after the last election of how they managed the press to their advantage . That is the press’s fault if they allow themselves to be played.

    Adolf Hitler jailed and murdered the opposition, including the press. It’s sad that this obvious difference is beyond your understanding.

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