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Dick Durbin: Are bloggers and tweeters entitled to constitutional protection?
http://michellemalkin.com ^ | May 26, 2013 05:53 PM | Doug Powers

Posted on 05/26/2013 4:57:16 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

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51 posted on 05/26/2013 5:54:09 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: bluecat6

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


52 posted on 05/26/2013 5:54:16 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: no-to-illegals

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


53 posted on 05/26/2013 5:55:30 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


54 posted on 05/26/2013 5:56:12 PM PDT by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


55 posted on 05/26/2013 5:57:20 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Sub-Driver

All pigs are equal but some pigs are more equal than others, DD?


56 posted on 05/26/2013 5:59:34 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Sub-Driver

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”


57 posted on 05/26/2013 6:01:23 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act - Orwell)
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To: Bryanw92

Dick Durbin....

Or as freedom loving patriots call him....

Dick Turban


58 posted on 05/26/2013 6:06:03 PM PDT by LtKerst
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


59 posted on 05/26/2013 6:06:15 PM PDT by lwoodham (Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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!!!


60 posted on 05/26/2013 6:08:39 PM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/))
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To: Sub-Driver

Only the legitimate press ie the main stream press (which can be counted on to be reliable) has constitutional protections. The other press (conservative) is really out of the mainstream and distorts the public discourse, it should be treated with the disdain. Of course have no protections should be provided to them since they aren’t legitimate news organizations. Didn’t our President say Fox news wasn’t a true news source compared to msnbc or current tv where you can receive accurate information vs right wing propaganda?
I think Senator Durbin is right,best the FCC decide what is a news organization that way we don’t get these IRS or Benghazi stories that cause over excitement and prevent the real news stories getting attention like disarming the citizenry or passing comprehensive immigration reform. The purpose of the news is to educate the public and guide them in the right direction if you don’t filter the news it could be too dangerous might cause to much independent thinking out there!


61 posted on 05/26/2013 6:08:58 PM PDT by bonehead4freedom
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To: Sub-Driver
Dear Dick,



And the jackwagon you rode in on.

FRegards,
TArcher
62 posted on 05/26/2013 6:11:54 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: Maceman

Thanks for posting that. 100% agreement.


63 posted on 05/26/2013 6:13:43 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Artcore

......and heads on a pike.


64 posted on 05/26/2013 6:14:32 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Steely Tom

You’ve just described the most important parts of L’il Dick Durbin’s entire constituency.


65 posted on 05/26/2013 6:14:37 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Sub-Driver

*****

“When we assumed the soldier we did not lay aside the citizen,” from then-Gen. George Washington’s June 26, 1775, letter to the Provincial Congress is inscribed inside the apse.
Ref
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Note: The above quote was a favorite of Col David (Perfumed Princes) Hackworth USA (Ret.) (now deceased)

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“There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all.”
-Davy Crockett (unsourced)
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Get my drift....???
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66 posted on 05/26/2013 6:15:40 PM PDT by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: manc
I agree manc. Our first line of defense against these who wish us harm is free speech.
67 posted on 05/26/2013 6:18:32 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Sub-Driver

If murdering a baby is a constitutional right, I’d say that blogging and tweeting are too. Just my humble opinion.


68 posted on 05/26/2013 6:19:48 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

WE have rights. What we lack is representation.


69 posted on 05/26/2013 6:20:56 PM PDT by stanne (en short on them especialcsly in today's world of politi)
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To: Sub-Driver


"...and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them. "
 
"I HAVE SWORN UPON THE ALTAR OF GOD ETERNAL HOSTILITY TO EVERY FORM OF TYRANNY OVER THE MIND OF MAN"
--The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom
--Thomas Jefferson, 1786
 
See Dick Run
See Dick make ERRORS
See Dick get his ass handed to him by peasants who can still read and recognize the self-evidence of Dick's UNAMERICAN errors.
Where's Dick?
 

70 posted on 05/26/2013 6:21:11 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh yes, let’s allow the Federal government to decide WHO is a journalist...that’ll work well.

Damn, Dick Turban...you’ve got 99.95% of the media already...


71 posted on 05/26/2013 6:21:50 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sub-Driver

If “journalists” get shield laws, then we all do. There is no Constitutional role for a “journalist”, they are citizens like the rest of us and subject to the same laws.

The Constitution enumerates certain “jobs” in the Federal government and describes the duties and responsibilities of those jobs, including how a citizen gets one of these positions.

If journalists were that special then how to determine who is and is not a journalist would be spelled out. Instead journalists have invented a constitutionally protected role for themselves, starting with the assumption that the people have a “right to know” and the journalists’ job is to keep government honest.


72 posted on 05/26/2013 6:22:06 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Sub-Driver
All I ever need to know about Dick Durbin and the state of modern journalism is all contained in this 4 minute video.

Warning: take your blood pressure meds before watching:

Dick Durbin Arrogance on Parade
73 posted on 05/26/2013 6:24:37 PM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Damn, Dick Turban...you’ve got 99.95% of the media already...

 

 

 

74 posted on 05/26/2013 6:25:28 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: abb

Thanks for that. Wow, a Jehovah’s Witness case from the middle of the FDR era. How were you ever made aware of it?


75 posted on 05/26/2013 6:27:56 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: MileHi

If they extend said rights to foreign terrorists, then they are by available to any foreign journalist.

Straw man argument as it is. Why even argue with this guy? Hes an abysmal tyrannical moron.


76 posted on 05/26/2013 6:28:53 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Should Senators and Congressmen be entitled to Constitutional rights?


77 posted on 05/26/2013 6:33:52 PM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Sub-Driver
A question for you, Durbin.

Are you as a US Senator or as a US citizen entitled to constitutional protection, specifically the First Amendment?

Nuff said.

78 posted on 05/26/2013 6:36:35 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: savedbygrace

So this media shield law is actually nonexistent?


79 posted on 05/26/2013 6:40:35 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: DBrow
If “journalists” get shield laws, then we all do. There is no Constitutional role for a “journalist”, they are citizens like the rest of us and subject to the same laws.

The First Amendment cites both "freedom of speech" and "freedom of the press".

They are different sides of the same coin. Journalists have the same rights as citizens.

80 posted on 05/26/2013 6:41:28 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE --)
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To: MileHi

Perfect word to describe this... asshat.


81 posted on 05/26/2013 6:45:51 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Sub-Driver
Well,the ones associated with Code Pink,Michael Moore,Planned Barrenhood,our current Attorney Corporal and George Soros certainly are.
82 posted on 05/26/2013 6:48:17 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Sub-Driver

When is this idiot up for election? He’s 68, time to retire and go someplace he views are more welcome. I hear Veneualeza is nice.


83 posted on 05/26/2013 6:49:13 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Sub-Driver

There’s a whole generation of congressmen who just need to go. For the good of the Republic, they must be retired.


84 posted on 05/26/2013 6:52:35 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Westbrook

My Lord, is he stupid.

but then so are 47% of the citizens...romney was sooo right!


85 posted on 05/26/2013 6:53:08 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Durbin would have a federally approved and licensed "press" to report stories the government believes the peons should know, in government approved reporting.

Only properly licensed "reporters" would be protected by the Constitution.

Mark

86 posted on 05/26/2013 6:58:24 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: sten

Yeah but Dick is the chairmen of the constitution sub comittee


87 posted on 05/26/2013 7:06:20 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: chicagolady

you know i got the new one for that barry obama before obama barries you—adjust spelling to fit the need


88 posted on 05/26/2013 7:10:33 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: Sub-Driver

Deuschbag Durbin bump for later...


89 posted on 05/26/2013 7:12:17 PM PDT by indthkr
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To: JohnBrowdie

Excellent point. But how do we speed things up?

Zippy and Holder managed to subvert the election process and hide it until after the election. That was long enough to accomplish what they wanted: re-election.

They managed to stonewall on Benghazi until after the election. Same result.

The tactic is to operate covertly as much as possible. If something comes to light, then deny it. If no longer able to deny it, say there must be a thorough investigation so that we get all the facts and don’t jump to conclusions or make rash mistakes. Then after the (sham) investigation has dragged on, dismiss the whole thing as water under the bridge, ancient history, no longer relevant. (What difference at this point does it make?)

See how easy it is? And conservatives keep falling for it.

What are our options for fighting these tactics? Can we win when we follow the rules and the progressives break them? Can we win with one set of rules for us and a different set of rules for progressives? How far will conservatives be pushed? When will they say “enough?”


90 posted on 05/26/2013 7:18:35 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Swine. Let someone try to ban abortion and all of a sudden they wrap themselves in the constitution. But for everything else it’s a “200 year old document” that they eye with contempt.


91 posted on 05/26/2013 7:23:43 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: Maceman

And FR is a press too.


92 posted on 05/26/2013 7:27:47 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Sub-Driver
“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 it’s 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.”

Well, lets look at what "the press" was 200 years ago. Back then, we didn't have industrialized mass communication. Back then, the "press" was any guy who had access to a printing press, and published his viewpoints, facts, and opinions to an audience outside his immediate circle of friends.

As such, any blogger is just as much "the press" as the alphabet networks are.

93 posted on 05/26/2013 7:30:23 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: bigheadfred
Dick Durbin is an embarassment to the State of Illinois and should no longer be afforded any Constitutional Protections.

Just my humble opinion as a resident of this hell-hole called Illinois.

94 posted on 05/26/2013 7:31:39 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

lets see benedict arnold died of dropsy maybe durbin will die of something similar caused by angry citizens you know another form of dropsy and they will laugh hahaha with gallows humor


95 posted on 05/26/2013 7:36:34 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
And FR is a press too.

Indeed.

96 posted on 05/26/2013 7:37:44 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Documentation File on “The Curse of Obamanation.”


97 posted on 05/26/2013 8:19:18 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It says Freedom of Speech, it does not say “Freedom of Speech EXCEPT in the case of...”


98 posted on 05/26/2013 8:20:39 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Durbin hadn’t really anything to say worth a damn so he took the opportunity to slam the work of old dead white men of 200 years ago. Democrats are relentless on this. They insist the Constitution is a living, breathing document for them to adjust as they see fit. This was his message. The message he wanted people to take away from this program he was on today. That the Constitution is outdated, and cannot be used to govern in today’s America. That the Constitution has to be rewritten to the Leftist’s perspective of a secular criteria.

Again as I said in another post on another thread yesterday it’s another slap at Christianity as our Constitution was written with Christian values, Christian mores as its basis.


99 posted on 05/26/2013 8:30:45 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Proud contributer to the Free Republic Q-2 Freepathon.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Durbin is such a turd and an idiot.


100 posted on 05/26/2013 8:55:27 PM PDT by virgil
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