posted on Nov, 1 2008 @ 03:07 PM
Palin may not understand First amendment rights.
But equally important is that fact that the media doesn't understand the RESPONSIBILITIES of that same right.
It does come with responsibilities.
Right now there is a website in Seattle that is posting the addresses of Homes that are sporting McCain political signs. Are they trying to incite
You all need to pay attention to another trend as well.
I'll call it "Blog bleedover". I'll use newspapers as an example.
They used to have reporters, and then columnist/op-ed people.
They were usually separate departments, occasionally a reporter would also write an opinion piece every now and then, but you could always tell which
"hat" the writer was wearing.
But now, with the a more mature WWW, reporters are also blogging as much as reporting . Blogging has a more Op/Ed atmosphere to it, and reporters are
allowed to express their views, rather than just report the facts. The front pages of Newspaper websites will link to a reporter's blog, or a
standard story, and it's often that you have to read a little while to figure out which format you are reading.
It's become a gray area, that will only get grayer.
Not a responsible use of the First amendment.
We let the media decide so many things for us now.
Rather than news, it's a product. And it caters to a demographic.
Ignoring some facts, and presenting others, to keep that particular demographic happy.
Right now there is a Drudge story running about Obama getting pissed off at photographers for following him and his kid around while trick or
Does he not understand First amendment rights?
How many good people are afraid to run for public office because they didn't pay a parking ticket 10 years ago?