Tag Archives: First Amendment

Trump Attacks The Free Press: “It Is Frankly Disgusting That The Press Is Able To Write Whatever It Wants To”

The Week reports:  President Trump skewered the free press on Wednesday, telling reporters that “it is frankly disgusting that the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.” The comments followed Trump’s tweets Wednesday morning, which reacted to an NBC News story that claimed the president had called for the nuclear arsenal to be increased “tenfold.” “With all …

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Trump Threatens To Revoke NBC’s License Over “Fake News” Report He Wanted 10X More Nuclear Weapons

The Hill reports: President Trump on Wednesday forcefully denied a new report that he asked to dramatically expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The news network on Wednesday reported the president’s request, which it said shocked top military brass and senior administration officials. The request was what reportedly led Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call Trump a “moron.” At a …

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DOJ Demands Web Hosting Company Turn Over IP Addresses Of Everybody Who Visited Anti-Trump Site

The Washington Post reports: A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution. “What we have is a sweeping request for every single file we have” in …

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Jeffrey Lord: CNN Caved On The First Amendment

The Associated Press reports: CNN fired conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord on Thursday after he tweeted a Nazi salute at a critic. A network spokesperson confirmed that Lord was no longer with the network and said “Nazi salutes are indefensible.” The statement came hours after Lord tweeted the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil!” at the head of a liberal advocacy group, Media …

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ACLU Sues DC Metro Over Ban On Milo’s Book Ads

From the ACLU’s blog: Can the government ban the text of the First Amendment itself on municipal transit ads because free speech is too “political” for public display? If this sounds like some ridiculous brain teaser, it should. But unfortunately it’s not. It’s a core claim in a lawsuit we filed today challenging the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) …

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Trump 2020 Campaign Slams “Chilling Precedent” Of Networks’ Refusal To Run Ad Calling Them “Fake News”

Oh, good grief. Via press release from the Trump 2020 campaign: Setting a chilling precedent against free speech rights, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. has just learned that now, all of the mainstream media television networks have decided to block the paid placement of a campaign ad that celebrates the achievements of President Trump in his first 100 days …

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RNC Chair: CNN Is Violating The First Amendment By Not Running Trump’s Ad Calling Them Fake News

“The network’s clearly biased decision to block President Trump’s message to the American people is incredibly troubling. Freedom of speech is a hallmark of our nation’s founding, and it is concerning that CNN, who I assume to be a strong supporter of the first amendment, would stifle speech that they disagree with. CNN should allow the ad to be aired …

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Reince Priebus: We’ve Looked At Changing Libel Laws So Trump Can Sue Over News Items He Doesn’t Like

The Guardian reports: A day after Watergate reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward issued a stirring call for the press to hold Donald Trump to account, the president’s chief of staff said the White House is actively considering a change to libel laws affecting news reporting. “I think it’s something that we’ve looked at,” said Reince Priebus, appearing on ABC’s …

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Twitter Sues Trump Administration Over Demand That They Unmask Person Behind Anti-Trump Account

The Verge reports: Twitter has launched a lawsuit against the Trump administration, after the Department of Homeland Security sought to unmask an anonymous user of an anti-Trump account. According to Twitter’s suit, filed today in Northern California District Court, US Customs and Border Protection has attempted to use a “limited-purpose investigatory tool” to unmask the owner of the Twitter account …

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Trump Threatens The New York Times

Business Insider reports: President Donald Trump again on Thursday attacked The New York Times for its coverage of him. He tweeted Thursday morning that the newspaper is disgracing the media industry and suggested that he might change libel laws in response. “The failing @nytimes has disgraced the media world,” Trump tweeted. “Gotten me wrong for two solid years. Change libel …

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REPORT: Trump’s Legal Team Considers Suing MSNBC Over The “Illegal” Publication Of His 2005 Tax Return

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Just like the hundreds of others Trump has threatened to sue but never followed through. Fox News reports: Personal attorneys working for President Trump are weighing possible legal action against the cable news network MSNBC and a private journalist for reporting a portion of the president’s 2005 tax returns, a move the Trump legal staff believes could …

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TRUMP KISS-UP: Sen. Joe Manchin Threatens To “Beat The Hell Out Of” Anybody He Sees Burning The Flag

Because he fears Donald Trump, of course. Via The Hill: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) lashed out at flag burning on Tuesday after President-elect Donald Trump raised the issue. “It’s a First Amendment right, but you do it in front of me, I’m going to beat the hell out of you,” Manchin said, according to a Roll Call reporter. Manchin is …

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Trump: Flag Burners Should Lose Their Citizenship

The First Amendment is for losers. Via Politico: Burning an American flag should be a crime, President-elect Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning, punishable by a forfeiture of U.S. citizenship or a year in jail. Laws prohibiting the burning or desecration of the American flag have been struck down by the Supreme Court, most recently in 1989 and 1990, …

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Pam Geller Sues Facebook, Twitter, & YouTube For Violating Her First Amendment Right To Hate Speech

And once again, Teabagistan fails to comprehend that the First Amendment exclusively protects citizens from actions made by the government. Pam Geller writes: This is America, not Saudi Arabia. Enough. I am suing. The American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) is filing a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the …

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Janet Porter: Let’s All Call ESPN To Complain About The First Amendment Which I Totally Don’t Understand

“ESPN’s Curt Schilling was fired for suggesting men should use the men’s room. Because of a Facebook post that suggests people ought to use bathrooms that match their biological gender, ESPN said: ‘Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.’ Let ESPN know what’s unacceptable is letting grown men share …

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Liberty Counsel: Repeal The Lemon Test

The Liberty Counsel yesterday filed an amicus brief with the Tenth Circuit Court in which they argue for the overturn of the so-called Lemon Test, an expression that arose from Lemon v Kurzman, the 1971 Supreme Court ruling which grants private citizens standing to complain when the government endorses a specific religion. From the Liberty Counsel’s press release: “Since 1971, …

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore Has The Same-Sex Marriage Sadz

“As Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, I will continue to recognize the Alabama Constitution and the will of the people overwhelmingly expressed in the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment. I ask you to continue to uphold and support the Alabama Constitution with respect to marriage, both for the welfare of this state and for our posterity. Be advised that …

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Bryan Fischer Is Mixing Up His Lies

“The openly lesbian mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, has issued subpoenas for 17 different forms of communication, both public and private, from pastors who oppose her ‘bathroom bill,’ the ordinance that guarantees the right of men to walk in on your daughter while she’s in the shower at the local Y. In the process, she has violated every single right …

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American Family Association: The First Amendment Only Applies To Christians

“I have contended for years that the First Amendment, as given by the Founders, provides religious liberty protections for Christianity only. Most attorney types, befuddled by years of untethered Supreme Court activism, think it covers any and all religions you can name. The results of this expansive but badly misguided understanding of the First Amendment have not been too costly …

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: First Amendment Only Applies To Christians

“Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures. They didn’t bring the Koran over on the pilgrim ship Mayflower. Let’s get real, let’s go back and learn our history. Let’s stop playing games.” – Alabama Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Roy Moore, telling a local anti-abortion group that the First …

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