Skip to comments.Dick Durbin: Are bloggers and tweeters entitled to constitutional protection?
Posted on 05/26/2013 4:57:16 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Dick Durbin: Are bloggers and tweeters entitled to constitutional protection?
Share By Doug Powers May 26, 2013 05:53 PM
**Written by Doug Powers
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin has in the past had a very subjective and abstract view of the Constitution, and on Fox News Sunday he once again wondered which people might be entitled to constitutional protections and which people might not:
Youve raised an important point and I heard Sen. Graham call for special counsel, Durbin said. Im not ready to do this at this moment. I would like to know if Holder has any conflict in here beyond what we heard when it comes to the Fox case.
But here is the bottom line the media shield law, which I am prepared to support, and I know Sen. Graham supports, still leaves an unanswered question, which I have raised many times: What is a journalist today in 2013? We know its someone that works for Fox or AP, but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who is tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection? We need to ask 21st century questions about a provision that was written over 200 years ago.
Does Dick think the First Amendment only covers journalists (and apparently only ones who write with quills on parchment)?
If Durbin ever bothered to actually read the Constitution hed know that the Founders knew all too well the danger of having somebody like, well, Dick Durbin, ever ending up as the arbiter of whos entitled to rights.
Bring back public hangings.
You know what THEY say: DICK -DICK before DICK DICKS YOU!
I'm reporting you to firstname.lastname@example.org and #attackwatch......the EPA needs to know what you've been up to comrade. /s
I remember when he called out troops murderers.
He's a slimy traitor.
Oh, and here are some facts:
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin an Illinois Democrat has weighed in with outrage about the IRS scandal. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
It is absolutely unacceptable to single out any political group right, left or center, Durbin said. It goes back to the worst days of the Richard Nixon administration.
But Sen. Durbin had different thoughts on the issue in 2010. Then Durbin singled out Crossroads GPS and other 501(c)(4)s for extra IRS scrutiny just a few weeks before the 2010 election for President Barack Obamas former Senate seat.
At the time Crossroads GPS was airing scathing ads against former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. However, Crossroads GPS hasnt been charged with any wrongdoing.
Durbin wrote a letter to the IRS requesting an investigation into the status of Crossroads GPS and other organizations nonprofit status.
He says "It is absolutely unacceptable to single out any political group."
"I write to urge the Internal Revenue Service to examine the purpose and primary activities of several 501 (c)(4) organizations that appear to be in violation of the law," he said.
Which is EXACTLY what he did to help Obama get elected.
Last week, Durbin compared the IRS thug tactics to the worst days of Richard Nixons administration. But Durbin has been publicly involved in pressuring the IRS to investigate conservative groups since the targeting practice began in 2010.And Durbin has been an anti American un-Constitutional thug for decades.
He is the GIANT pot calling the little TEA pot black.
1st amendment free speech is for *everyone*, not just people who collect a paycheck for voicing their opinions.
When our betters can pick & choose who is entitled to "free speech" it is not free speech. It is government (Dick Turban) telling us what we are allowed to say.
“Congress shall make NO law . . .”
That must be extremely difficult for Durbin to comprehend.
If they are American citizens they are protected by the constitution no matter what form their speech or other rights take. How stupid can these fools be?
this administration has shown us all how they regard the law and think we should be run more like a dictatorship and yet we also have a media which though targeted by this admin they still defend this admin.
If people saw the front pages, heard the facts and understood what the hell is happening to this country then there would be massive protests and calls for Obama and his hench men to step down.
Instead the media covers for them , the sheep goes along with all this queer, radical left, agenda, the black community hasn’t got a clue and the left defends this but they also show their hypocrisy because we all know that if a republican did all of this they would be outraged.
A message to the liberals and all the homosexuals.
You think this is alright because you follow blindly your messiah but you need to ask yourself this.
If the right did this would you still remain silent and defend this?
Hell no and that is why you lot show us why the country is going to crap. You can’t put your bias and voting for a letter aside and think of the country instead and the rule of law.
I remember when he called
out our troops murderers.
all those little umpa lumpas were starting to piss me off when I was there with my son for a boxing fight.
Couldn;t go 100 yards with out an umpa lumpa trying to give me one of those flyers for an escort
I have a problem that those paid by us in the IRS, DOE, DOJ use the constitution to get out of their corruption while the same thugs tell us that maybe we shouldn’t have free speech, free media etc
The RATS despise the constitution as just as they would do away with the 2nd amendment, they would also tear down freedom of speech, religion and the press.
That jackass. The first amendment does not give freedom of the press only to specified people known as journalists. The press is not organized, and requires no membership. Every American is given freedom of the press as a God given right.
ANd they also posess the 2nd amendment to violently resist any government that actually moves to take away their first.
I suspect Durbins answer to his own question will be a”if they agree with liberals, they are journalists. If they are apolitical, lean right or are full on conservatives, they shouldn’t be considered journalists”
Or as freedom loving patriots call him....
Dick Durbin you miniscule dumbass, tweeters and bloggers are American citizens. It’s liberals like you who shouldn’t have constitutional protection since you are the very ones who attack the Constitution.
Of course not DICK. They DON’T need them!!! (Sarcasm)
In the new wonderful world of the Obamanation, we don’t need a First amendment any more than we need a Second or a Tenth or, as a matter of fact, the entire damn constitution.
Its a great thing for the US AG and the FBI to keep close tabs on people who have “dangerous” ideas like “freedom”, “constitution”, “rights” and “God”. Because they ARE serious threats to the Obamanation.
You bet your @$$, DICK!!!!
How I HATE these scumbags!!!