Main­stream me­dia los­ing con­trol?

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

There are many politi­cians and many in the main­stream press that claim that they be­lieve in the First Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion. That amend­ment pro­tects the right of re­li­gios­ity and re­li­gious wor­ship, the right to free speech and free­dom of the press, assembly and con­science, and the right to pe­ti­tion govern­ment. Over time, many of the sup­pos­edly pro-FirstA­mend­ment en­ti­ties have proven that their sup­port is to­tally false.

Mem­bers of the press and politi­cians in both po­lit­i­cal par­ties have shown hos­til­ity to­ward the Bill of Rights, par­tic­u­larly the First Amend­ment. The main­stream press has shown this hos­til­ity when­ever peo­ple have pub­licly sup­ported causes and in­ter­ests it has op­posed. It has shown hos­til­ity when in­di­vid­u­als have put forth speech crit­i­cal of po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates 60 days be­fore an elec­tion, as guar­an­teed in Cit­i­zens United. Re­cently the Los An­ge­les Times even apol­o­gized for run­ning let­ters to the edi­tor which de­fended U.S. in­tern­ment camps dur­ing World War II.

The press and politi­cians have been at­tack­ing so-called “fake news” sto­ries that were noth­ing more than news items crit­i­cal of Hil­lary Clin­ton. It is main­stream-news ed­i­tors, pro­duc­ers and CEOs who have gone out of their way to de­fine who is and is not a jour­nal­ist. Talk about the height of ar­ro­gance.

The Con­sti­tu­tion was signed and en­acted by the Found­ing Fathers to be a re­straint on govern­ment. Politi­cians and the main­stream press have crossed the line to con­trol the flow of in­for­ma­tion, there­fore try­ing to cre­ate a mo­nop­oly. Is it any won­der these politi­cians and the press have such low ap­proval rat­ings among the Amer­i­can peo­ple? With the ad­vent of the In­ter­net, cable, satel­lite and more tech­nol­ogy un­der way, peo­ple are see­ing through them and there­fore they are los­ing con­trol. You would think that these in­di­vid­u­als would wise up and clean up their acts, but they will not. To them, the peo­ple are al­ways wrong and they are al­ways right.

ALEX PUGLIESE Ke­nil­worth, N.J.

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