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Hillary Clinton’s condemnation of MSNBC’s Shuster is an assault on the First Amendment 2/10/08

Posted by Steve Boriss in First Amendment.

It’s just another example of how we cannot trust the mainstream media to do the only thing Thomas Jefferson wanted them to do — serve as a “fence” to prevent the government from encroaching on our natural rights, including our First Amendment freedoms to criticize government. When Hillary Clinton, a powerful U.S. Senator running for President, wrote a letter to NBC expressing her “deep offense” at reporter David Shuster’s strange, vulgar, incomprehensible, and innocuous statement that daughter Chelsea was “sort of being pimped out” in her campaign work, and threatened to boycott an upcoming debate on its MSNBC subsidiary, the network promptly surrendered their First Amendment rights and suspended Shuster indefinitely.

While NBC is well-deserving of our scorn, we can also conclude that Hillary Clinton is no Thomas Jefferson. Here’s what the New England Palladium said about Jefferson and his non-traditional religious beliefs during his reelection campaign: “Should the infidel Jefferson be elected to the Presidency, the seal of death is that moment set on our holy religion, our churches will be prostrated, and some infamous prostitute, under the title of the Goddess of Reason, will preside in the Sanctuaries now devoted to the Most High.” How did Jefferson respond to essentially being called a “prostitute?” He said nothing until his inaugural address, when he expressed his thanks for living in a nation that cherished free expression, and his confidence that “the public judgment will correct false reasoning and opinions on a full hearing of all parties.”

Bernard Goldberg once wrote, “If CBS News were a prison instead of a journalistic enterprise, three-quarters of the producers and 100 per cent of the vice-presidents would be Dan [Rather]’s bitches.” If NBC were a prison, we now know who the dominatrix would be, but the real rape victim is our First Amendment freedoms.


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