Friday, October 31, 2008

First Lesson

A couple of weeks ago I said that talk-radio host Bob Grant set the standard for “too dumb to play dead in a cowboy movie.” I stand corrected. He has been surpassed at warp speed by Sarah Palin.

How did she earn that honor? She told an interviewer on a conservative talk-radio show that being criticized by the media endangers her First Amendment rights.

“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

I’ll give you a moment to absorb that.

Okay, I’ll type this slowly so even an elected official of one of our states can understand it: the First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press. In other words, it makes sure that the mainstream media can do exactly what it is doing when it “attacks” her.

One heartbeat away, people.