It's staggering, really, that Sarah Palin could become the next Vice-President of the United States.
In a radio interview, Palin suggested that her First Amendment rights are being violated by "mainstream media."
"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."My god. Where to begin?
Here's the First Amendment:
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.So are her rights being violated? Alex Koppelman, from Salon.com, sums it up very well.
To put it succinctly: the press can't violate Palin's First Amendment rights. If the government were to criminalize her speech, that would be a violation. But what the press is doing in criticizing Palin is exercising the First Amendment.Palin has managed to get it completely backwards. She's just being criticized and she doesn't like it.
So she doesn't know what the vice-president does and now she claims that criticism of her campaign is unconstitutional.
Seriously, is she really this dumb? She is a frightening frightening woman.