Saturday, July 6, 2013

Senator Dick Durbin Believes The First Amendment Doesn't Apply Here

by Gabrielle Jones-Price

[h/t to at FAIR blog: Dick Durbin Wants to Stop You From Being a Journalist]

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin tells you which parts of the First Amendment apply to you.

[Earning that first name in all caps...]

Please note: Being a senator doesn't make him journalist, either, yet here he is writing in the [floundering] Chicago Sun-Times like he knows a thing or two about it.

By this line of thinking, he could complain that not everyone who writes a book is an author and not everyone who runs for public office is a politician. The first amendment applies to every citizen with a voice -- unfortunately, big money has drowned out many new voices but NOW an online press can and will drown out these obsolete, corporate pucker-ups.

If this swine can convince you he knows better than you -- what's next? 'Who's a real musician', 'who's a real painter', 'who's a real person'...oh, shoot...I forgot, these dinosaurs already believe corporations are people and money is speech.

Mr. Naureckas, writing for FAIR makes the case for new media which old media can't seem to wrap it's senile brain around: "Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and even Instagram are all, guess what, media outlets–that is, institutions whose primary purpose is to distribute information to the public. (Their names appear in bold in FAIR materials because we bold the names of media outlets.)"


Even CNN should be able to agree with that assessment, even though their coverage of the Boston Bombing proved they're laughably abysmal at gathering information on the net.
Did you check your pack before you jumped?

Dick Durbin, you played yourself. So has mainstream media and the time has come to exit the stage. Don't let it escape you that many entered from the left but they are now all exiting stage right. Eventually, some will come crawling back, crying that the corporate parachutes they thought they were wearing were actually rucksacks full of propaganda and fossilized thinking.

I'm really quite enjoying this last curtain call and I don't even own a television. The dog and pony show was old and predictable ages ago.

Here's a thought...perhaps mainstream media could redeem itself by investigating this? Last time "real journalists" looked, it wasn't a cold case.  Sorry, MSM pundits, anchors and car show models -- it's not a sound-byte, I know...and it won't fit on a Twitter update...but that wouldn't be considered 'investigating', now would it? 
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.
Yes, there will be an exam later...




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Friday, July 5, 2013

Today's Refreshments, July 5th

photos by Gabrielle Price

Hydrangeas, zucchini, broccoli and local blackberries - courtesy of the best neighbors I've ever had. Fine euchre players to boot.
We'll be shredding and freezing half of this for making bread. The broccoli gets eaten tonight.
A bit tart but delicious - froze these this morning for cobbler tomorrow.