The Morning Report 3/1/17 | Main | Half Of College Students Were Dropped On Their Heads
March 01, 2017

Mid-Morning Open Thread

napoleon JLD.jpg

Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard Pass
Jacques-Louis David

The Media's protestations of censorship and claims of the imminent destruction of the 1st Amendment and a chilling of their "right" to attack their political opponents without fear of response is amusing in the extreme. And the suggestion that America is descending into some sort of totalitarian condition is even funnier.

The vitriol and disinformation spewed by the media is a testament to their ignorance of the meaning of the 1st Amendment. The sheer volume of attacks on the president and his administration is breathtaking. Far from being chilled, the media is in full-throated hysterical screaming mode, which each headline more outrageous than the previous.

What is most compelling about the paradigm shift that President Trump has created is the destruction of the idea that the press has any rights other than freedom from interference from government.

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.

Notice there is nothing that gives reporters special access to government or information or even a seat in the briefing room. And that is part of their upset; they simply cannot abide being ignored or displaced by a direct line to the people.

digg this
posted by CBD at 09:30 AM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
booknlass: "Are you doing some spring cleaning, Insomniac! ..."

Insomniac - Nowhere Man: "11 "When the full extent of your venality, moral t ..."

Samantha Austin Powers: "Donald Trump, oh behave! ..."

Mark Andrew Edwards [/i] [/b]: "22 13 How are you healing, OM? Posted by: Mark An ..."

Skip : "I think ., K-c2+, Qxc2, N-d1 ds+, R-f2, QxR# ..."

Mark Andrew Edwards [/i] [/b]: "Thanks Huck, she is cute. So's the dog. ..."

Pontiac: ">>> Samantha Power tells Trump it's a bad idea to ..."

JuJuBee's pet: "I like the guy in the upper left hand corner. Look ..."

Vendette: "Oh, and another thing?  University of Marylan ..."

prof disarray, gumdrop gorilla channel: "Inertia is the greatest force in the universe. ..."

tbodie [/i] [/S] [/b] [/u]: "OM, Not sure if it's intentional but the link o ..."

m: "nood chess ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64