Tuesday, May 14, 2013

NOW the Press is Worried About Obama and the First Amendment

(This follows our previous post of Saturday, where we noted the Obama administration's undercutting of the first amendment. It's good to be right).

Back on February 17, 2012 we covered the San Francisco protest against the HHS Mandate that coincided with Obama's visit to San Francisco. The post was titled "HHS Protest: 'What's going to be next? Will it be freedom of the Press?"

That title came from a question Dolores Meehan asked an ABC reporter who had asked Dolores why she was protesting Obama's unconscionable and unconstitutional HHS mandate.

"In one segment that aired on ABC7News, Meehan responded to a reporter’s question by asking the reporter a question of her own: 'Freedom of religion is the flavor of the day for him today, but what’s going to be next? Will it be freedom of the press? Are you going to be able to be out here and say what you want to say?'”

Well, she nailed it. The news that the Obama administration seized phone records of Associated Press reporters is all over the news--as it should be. Politico reports:

"Reporters across The Associated Press are outraged over the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of staff phone record....
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt described on Monday described the DOJ action as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.”

You mean like the Obama administration's  massive and unprecedented intrusion into religious life, Mr. Pruitt?

"In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, Pruitt called the seizure of records “a serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.”

You mean like the serious interference with the constitutional rights of the Catholic Church and other religious people to practice their religion as they see fit, Mr. Pruitt?

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