Will There Be Freedom Of The Press?

Praise the internet gods!  My connectivity has returned……(for now)…….

In the past year there has been an uproar about “fake news”….both sides claim the other is the fake and no one but them can know what is true and what is false.  Of course when this type of debate rages there will always be one side or the other that claims something about the freedom of press, which usually includes that old thing about free speech.

I wrote a post earlier about “free speech” and what it means……

Source: That Thing Called “Free Speech” – In Saner Thought

The 1st amendment and the 2nd are about the only ones that most Americans know by heart (that may be a bit of a stretch)…..but just in case….

The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to gather, publish, and distribute information and ideas without government restriction; this right encompasses freedom from prior restraints on publication and freedom from Censorship.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, in part, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the press.” The courts have long struggled to determine whether the Framers of the Constitution intended to differentiate press freedom from speech freedom. Most have concluded that freedom of the press derives from freedom of speech. Although some cases and some legal scholars, including Justice Potter Stewart, of the U.S. Supreme Court, have advocated special press protections distinct from those accorded to speech, most justices believe that the Freedom of the Press Clause has no significance independent of the Freedom of Speech Clause.

Okay I got you caught up a bit……

The reason I brought up the quick lesson was because of something that is happening….looks like the FBI will have an easy time spying on journalists…..

Secret FBI rules allow agents to obtain journalists’ phone records with approval from two internal officials — far less oversight than under normal judicial procedures.

The classified rules, obtained by The Intercept and dating from 2013, govern the FBI’s use of national security letters, which allow the bureau to obtain information about journalists’ calls without going to a judge or informing the news organization being targeted. They have previously been released only in heavily redacted form.

Media advocates said the documents show that the FBI imposes few constraints on itself when it bypasses the requirement to go to court and obtain subpoenas or search warrants before accessing journalists’ information.

Source: Secret Rules Make It Pretty Easy for the FBI to Spy on Journalists

This does NOTHING to protect the concept of a “Free Press”….and Obama help this process before he left office……

Source: The Birth Of The “Ministry Of Truth” – In Saner Thought

Do you feel much safer now?


16 thoughts on “Will There Be Freedom Of The Press?

      1. Someone always craps on the people. Somebody has been crapping on the people ever since the days of George III. Being crapped on is part of the daily exercise of living in America.

      2. But we have been doing exactly that. Americans have been conditioned to do that and that is what they always end up doing. They go out into the streets once in awhile and raise hell for awhile but then it all cools down and they go about their daily business wearing their crust of crap and bitching to each other about it but that is about as far as it ever goes.

  1. The question with which you ended the post is the best part; hopefully, asking oneself the question will remind anyone reading this to remember that freedom, and safety, are a PERSONAL responsibility. The government, no matter how much they wish to promote any other idea, are never going to be able to do that for anyone. Moreover, it is not in the scope of their interests, which have nothing to do with protecting or serving the public; a politician’s only concern, beyond lining their own pockets, is to maintain things as they are, which, at this point, is corrupted beyond repair….

    I feel safe, but, only because I am confident I can protect myself, and those I choose to include under that aegis. The government isn’t capable of doing anything other than try to make that their business, which I will never allow. Their interests show no intersection with mine, or with anyone but themselves.

    You only have the rights you can defend. That defense almost always includes protecting our selves FROM the government, not allowing them to think they can do it for me….

    gigoid, the dubious

  2. Security services have monitored the activities of the press and the people since the 16th century. Any idea we had that this wasn’t happening in modern times was just an illusion to make us feel better. I agree that we do not have to ‘roll over’ for it, but thinking we can change it is another matter entirely. It just goes deeper underground.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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