Thursday, March 9, 2017

Freedom of the Press?

So, Andrea Mitchell gets tossed after yelling her questions at Secretary Tillerson about Russia. And she got no answers to her questions.

Violation of the First Amendment's "freedom of the press," right?

Let's review, children of the left.

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.

"Congress" (noun): The United States' national legislative body established by the Constitution of 1787, made up of two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives.

"Congress" is the subject of the sentence (and it is all one sentence, dealing with one subject followed by qualifiers). The whole amendment is about what Congress cannot do. It is not about what any other entity can or cannot do, only Congress.

The verb of the sentence is "make" as found in the predicate phrase"...shall make no law..."

Ask "who or what" after the verb to find the object of the sentence. The object of the sentence is "law," preceded by its qualifier, "no." What it says is, the lawmakers cannot make a law about the things mentioned in the rest of the sentence.

The First Amendment does not say that the press has to be invited to any governmental event, or have all of its questions answered.

(Press conferences are held for the purpose of informing the public, through the press, of policies and procedures of their government. However, it is not required of the government to fully inform the public of all matters all of the time. National security matters are usually not discussed. Ongoing investigations usually are not discussed. Items not yet settled or in a state of flux usually are not discussed. Discussing these things would improperly inform the public, leading to misinterpretation and misinformation.)

The rest of the sentence explains what is referenced by the first five words. Stated another way, the First Amendment says that lawmakers of the government of the United States of America cannot make any law, pro or con about a religious establishment and its practices, about what an individual person can or cannot say, about what media (the press) can or cannot say, about people gathering together peaceably, or about the people's right to express grievances against the government.

It does not reference what a state can or cannot do with respect to these things, nor does it reference what a countycity or individual can or cannot do with respect to them. For instance, in my home certain words are not allowed. A person who is too immature to control his/her language is not welcomed in my house and there is nothing  the federal government can Constitutionally do about it.

So, Andrea, having tried to force members of a meeting to pay attention to you or answer your situationally inappropriate questions, you were escorted out of the meeting...properly so. You complained, "We haven't had any time in here." And the proper response is, "So what?" There is no law that says you should have time in there.

You looked pretty sad, Andrea. Pretty sad. I think you need to attend a good journalism school, one in which the actual meaning of the Constitution is taught.

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