Friday, October 31, 2008

Meet the Idiot

Met her already? Oh, well reintroduce yourself to the one who claims her First Amendment rights are being abridged because the press correctly identifies her references to Barack Obama's "associations" as attacks:
If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations, 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.


This is yet another reason why she is not qualified by any measure to serve in the second-highest office in the country. The First Amendment, as is so ably pointed out by Glenn Greenwald -- a Constitutional scholar -- "does actually guarantee is a free press. Thus, when the press criticizes a political candidate and a Governor such as Palin, that is a classic example of First Amendment rights being exercised, not abridged."

She is profoundly ignorant, and it's painful to watch even for someone who loathes her, like I do. As a candidate for public office, she is a public figure, and anything she says is subject to scrutiny by the press. If the press doesn't accept what she says at face value and as the truth, what, are they supposed to refrain from asking questions? They are to refrain from criticizing her, or holding what she says today up against something she said earlier because they are in complete opposition to one another? They are to applaud her when she flat-out lies so that she can feel free to continue speaking her mind?

Incidentally, writes Greenwald:
The Constitution also guarantees freedom of association. Thus, by Palin's "reasoning," when newspapers -- or Palin herself -- criticize Obama for his associations, they're threatening his constitutional rights.
Uh, Mrs. Soon-to-be Losing VP Candidate, today, or whenever you get back to Juneau, you can believe anything you want. You can even say whatever your addled brain wants you to say. It's just that significantly fewer people will be listening.

However, Fox News will surely want to hire you as a guest commentator, seeing as you fit right in with their rapidly-shrinking, alternate-reality universe.

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