Freedom Of The Press Is A Shield, Not A Sword

Seconds before the alleged attack

Seconds before the alleged attack

Some people don’t know what they are talking about. Like Taylor Millard at Hot Air:

Here’s why this entire Trump vs. Michelle Fields thing makes me angry: freedom of the press. It’s an important part of American history, and a basic foundation of its creation. Freedom of the press was put in the Constitution because of John Peter Zenger’s trial for libel in 1734 after he criticized New York Royal Governor William Cosby. This is why Trump’s comments about opening up libel laws are scary (and anti-American) because of what happened to Zenger. This is why former University of Missouri professor Melissa Click’s actions last fall are just as infuriating because they violate freedom. The same goes for the Obama Administration’s attempt to go after Fox reporter James Rosen and the Associate Press’ phone records and the Bush administration going after Judith Miller. It makes me cringe to see more and more people try to keep the press from doing its job. I can understand the right to privacy (especially when the government wants to get all up in our business), but when stuff like this happens it shows just how tenuous America’s relationship with freedom actually is.

The First Amendment guarantees that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Just as freedom of speech does not create any duty to listen, freedom of the press does not create any duty to answer reporter’s questions. It also does not create a special right to trespass where other citizens cannot go.

Donald Trump is a private citizen. His efforts to stifle the press do not implicate the First Amendment.

BTW – The Zenger case stands for the principle that truth is a defense to libel and it is one of the earliest examples of jury nullification.

Happy Friday.


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140 Responses to Freedom Of The Press Is A Shield, Not A Sword

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    Looking at the picture above – doesn’t it look like Michelle Fields is about to grab Donald Trump?

    • elliesmom says:

      Given her history, “coming to national attention after an altercation with Matt Damon”, it appears Ms. Fields gets herself interjected into news stories to further her career. My brother, the news editor, says you stop being a credible reporter when you become the story.

    • Lulu says:

      And she has something in BOTH hands. One hand is being held out to touch to a Secret Service protected candidate in the mist of making a SECRET SERVICE planned and protected egress. People go to jail for less than this. She is WAY too close to him and it is possibly threatening. And she has NO RIGHT of any kind to slow or prevent his exit. Secret Service ought to ban her from all of the candidates presences not just Trump. She is a dim-witted dangerous nuisance.

  2. elliesmom says:

    In order to have freedom of the press, first you have to have a press. Taylor Millard is not one of the sharpest tools in Hot Air’s shed. Jazz is the only one I read most times since Allah and Ed went off the rails. The others seem to be “tryouts” that don’t hang around very long.

  3. taw46 says:

    Those people were so mean to me and the police would not make them stop!

  4. blowme0bama says:

    I long ago realized that the dishonesty of MSM was the greatest threat to our Nation. Trump can not “open up libel laws”. There is zero question in my mind that a YYYUUUUUGE proportion of the garbage that’s peddled on MSM would satisfy the NY Times actual malice / reckless disregard standard, but the cost of pursuing these claims is one huge burden. Sure, in most states, when someone ventures into the realm of intentional / reckless torts, attorney’s fees are awarded, however, there’s that risk that someone could run up a $100,000 litigation bill (and it is stunning how quickly that can occur), and still lose. Perhaps making the defendant (but not the plaintiff) liable for 3x attorney’s fees and mandatory punitives would help curtail some of this bullshit.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      To “open up libel laws” would require an act of Congress and SCOTUS approval. And that would only affect federal law.

      As for attorney’s fees, I love a story with a happy ending

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  6. Venus says:

    Taylor donated money to the Rick Wilson “stop Trump” campaign.

    So, he’s coming at this in a biased manner to begin with

    Plus he’s a moron

  7. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, this happened at a Rubio rally …. media outrage?

  8. lyn says:

    I agree with Greta.

    • Lulu says:

      But Cokie and her beauty shop buddies are AFRAID! Old, rich, Georgetown biddies are afraid their maids and gardeners, cooks and nannies (who work for cash) will go home to Mexico and they’ll either have to do for themselves or pay market value to blacks in DC to have enough time to sneer.

    • Anthony says:

      I think she should just find herself a new hairdresser. That would be a win-win for Ms. Roberts.

    • leslie says:

      I saw that on MJ I think on Tuesday. Cokie is simply a troubled person. She has less and less exposure now than in the past and is acting desperate. It was a very bad guest appearance. She was like that throughout her time on the show that day. She was shrill and race-baiting and in general quite ugly from her soul to her mouth. The hair is merely a reflection from within.

    • DandyTIger says:

      These establishment types really should wear white powdered wigs. It’s who they are.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    My goodness, this just has that “Zapruder Tape” feel to it… that eerie frame by frame analysis sort of way…..

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  11. WMCB says:

    Lots of “OMG, how could Carson endorse Trump after all those insults??!!” from the pundits today. They don’t get how the normal masses think, at all.

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    Idiot Merkel is gonna bring on bad ugliness and bloodshed with her stick-necked stubbornness.

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    Getting pretty raucus.

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    Jack is a hoot.

  22. swanspirit says:

    If you don’t think the MSM propagandists are not running with this story, look at the front page of the Huffinglue Post
    They are calling Trump, the violence candidate.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I read that Soros is pumping millions into the media for his anti-Trump effort, I have a feeling all these “SJW Mizzou J-school” grads are happily lapping up the opportunity to make money, gain notoriety thinking they are some kind of warrior for a cause.

      I bet Trump in onto Soros’ evil ways and may be exposed. Good stuff for the general election, hey?

  23. mothy67, says:

    I try to avoid Facebook as much as possible. It can be so depressing. The Trump is Hitler thing is so boring. I must have 20 on my wall or whatever you call it. The whole activism on facebook is such masturbation. Tepid little fools no nothing about the art of the deal. To properly and effectively manipulate you really just want to plant a seed not beat someone over the head with a club The biggest asshole I knowis a Bernout. She is my best friend since 1985. We are terrible ugly people. Good friends are more like Seinfeld or Sunny in Philly. I do not tip toe around them. We do awful things to each other. Ann Coulter responded to the Hitler thing. Last night and today I have been inundated with graphic hard core violent porn stories about Ann. Leftists are allowed to attack conservative women. It’s wrong but if you fall into the trap of defending you have lost. I laugh. We are talking vile brutal anal rape stories about Ann Coulter. I respond with constructive criticism. I’d actually like to extinguish the authors but then I lose. Shine a little little back on them and they stumble. It’s like wait what I called him a racist and he paid me a complement. Rules for radicals did not cover this. Thing with the SJWs and most left wing activists is in using Alinsky methods they expose themselves. . I love watching Trump because he seems to get it. He is also Alpha. Talking about his member did not hurt him. Crass of course but he made little rubio a eunach. 200 million dollars in ads cannot erase the fact that he made Narco a little man. Is he that smart? I am so intrigued by him. He seems to always be one step ahead. My nephew is a borderline or sociopath . I can’t figure out the difference. First meeting he comes across as being a decent person. He fools dumb people all the time. I am in awe when people get it right away. I think having a brother who drank himself to death molded Trump. He existed amongst the major players of the world for 40 years. He was sober. I tended bar in Manhatten at a few high end places. I saw so much. Bacchanal. Rich people getting really drunk is disgraceful. A billionaire after 5 scotches. Most go to extremes. Years I watched. Greek and othertragedies are filled with only the servant knowing what is actually happening. I do not have Trump’s acumen but I watched it. He has been a player for decades. He was a fixture at Studio 54. What has he seen.

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  26. votermom says:

    I see ace has gone full TDS

    Hopefully he’ll recover after Tuesday

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  28. The new kindle is here!

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  30. DeniseVB says:

    TDS Alert—-> I don’t know how long this post will stay up, but Gateway Pundit has the screen cap.

    Stevens wants reporters and protestors to bring guns to Trump rallies to protect themselves.

    • lyn says:

      I saw that on FB. The righties are going nuts.

    • Somebody says:

      Holy shit he’s gone round the fucking bend. Did you read the comments? If you haven’t do so, oh please let’s get screen shots of the derangement. Neil keeps going after everyone in the comments.

      • Somebody says:

        Seriously guys look at the last comment in the stream by “Risky”

        Risky • 9 hours ago

        Sound advice there.

        Perhaps this could be an area where there would be scope for some bipartisan agreement on some Second Ammendment rights…………………

        Share ›

      • DeniseVB says:

        Read a couple, agree with the folks advising him to take a break from politics, and that’s a hate Trump site, lol.

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  34. lyn says:

    Don’t these A-holes realize that this creates more support for Trump?

    • swanspirit says:

      No, they are too stupid to figure that out. All they care about is silencing someone. They don’t get that they are the fascists.

    • Lulu says:

      They aren’t protesters but rather censors. They think if it ideas they disagree with are censored enough or shut down it will go away and they win. It is not working anymore. And both ends of the political spectrum are doing it to the middle. The public is already very angry so this will make it worse. Censorship never works in preference cascades.

    • leslie says:

      I’ve been truly conflicted about my Tuesday primary vote. That is the reason I didn’t vote early. But no more. I’m taking the gbaby with me to vote. I had thought about Bernie because of my feelings about HRC. But that has all changed.
      I think it was good judgment to end the rally. I hope the people who had come to see/hear Trump are treated with respect as they leave. I also hope those people were refunded their parking fees. Take it from me, it is plenty expensive to park at UIC Pavilion.
      From what I saw on FBN, there were Trump supporters who were experiencing some problems with the anti-Trump (and some Bernie supporters) demonstrators outside the building. I also saw some scuffling inside th arena as well. I hate when this kind of thing happens. There may come a time when those protestors’ own right to express themselves will be challenged and they aren’t gonna like it. Not a bit. And they’ll never even give a thought to what they did tonight.
      Ima watch basketball now.

  35. DeniseVB says:

    I have a bad feeling about this 😦

    • swanspirit says:

      Trump was wise to postpone. .The protesters are a very large contingent of Bernouts, so this is really a preview of what is going to happen when, and there is no if about it, when Bernie gets shut out of the Democratic nomination.

      • elliesmom says:

        We may see a repeat of the 1968 Democratic convention.

      • leslie says:

        Dobbs had on a couple of people -Tammy Bruce and a male FOX contributor whose name I don’t remember right now, who suggested a connection between the escalation of protests – first in St. Louis and now Chicago – and the meeting on Sea Island of the GOPe last week. They said there was more than a little coincidence that these demonstrations followed the meeting so soon and were so well organized (and funded).

        • swanspirit says:

          Much more than a coincidence.
          Donald just called Chris Matthews on his hypocrisy , during a phone call to MSNBC

        • lyn says:

          Who are the ratfuckers?

        • Somebody says:

          I agree. This is coordinated, the theme has been building all week. The media has been feeding it too.

          BTW, just turn this around for a second and imagine the reaction if there were protests like this against candidate Obama or Hillary.

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  37. Myiq2xu says:

    They said if I wanted to see fascists I should go to a Trump rally.

    They were right.

  38. lyn says:

    This line never gets old.

  39. lyn says:

    Excellent point …

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