Towards the end of 2017, a new meme started popping up around Twitter and Tumblr with the premise of users directly interacting with the government agents surveilling them. And I'll admit, at the time I found them pretty funny. It seemed to be the nihilist, "everything sucks so we might as well make a joke... Continue Reading →
The Fall of the Free Press, Part Three: How to Pick It Back Up.
In part three of my series on the White House's attacks on the free press this past week, I will discuss my support of solidarity from the press corps moving forward as well as what legal actions are being taken to stand up to Trump. (Check out parts one and two to get caught up.)... Continue Reading →
The Fall of the Free Press, Part Two: The Barring of Jim Acosta
Today I am continuing my examination of the events of last Wednesday between the president and the press corps and how they relate to the First Amendment. Specifically, I am discussing the aftermath of CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's exchange with President Trump - and the severe unconstitutionality of the White House's actions... Continue Reading →
The Fall of the Free Press, Part One: The Insulting of Jim Acosta
Between Election Day, the shooting in Los Angeles, and the fires in California leaving at least 44 dead and thousands homeless, it has been nearly impossible to keep up with the news this week. Right in the middle of this mayhem, perhaps somewhat (rightfully) overshadowed, has been the quick and brutal attacks from the White... Continue Reading →
Those Goddamn Blasphemy Laws
On October 26, The Republic of Ireland voted to remove an arcane law in the Constitution outlawing blasphemy. Specifically, they removed a section of Article 40.6.1, which ironically guarantees "the right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions," and then a few sentences later states, "The publication or utterance of blasphemous, seditious, or... Continue Reading →
The question of whether journalists should have to give up their sources is less about actual journalists than it is a question of whose rights are valued more - the right to the freedom of the press, or the right of the judicial system to function at maximum strength. The Supreme Court ruled in 1972... Continue Reading →
What’s in a Tweet?
On October 15, Judge James Otero dismissed Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit and ordered her to pay for his legal fees. This lawsuit came about after Daniels claimed in an interview with Anderson that a man approached her and her infant daughter in a parking lot and threatened them both unless they left Trump alone. Trump... Continue Reading →
Does Trump Denying a Question at a Press Conference Violate the First Amendment?
On Monday, October 1, President Trump held a press conference in the rose garden. This was his second press conference within the week - the first being held in New York on Wednesday, September 26 - and both were equally freewheeling and genuine to the Trump we saw campaign before the 2016 election. An entirely... Continue Reading →
They’ll “Know it when they See it,” but what is *it*?
Who gets to decide what is “appropriate” to say? For much of the 20th century, the answer to that question was the Supreme Court. Freedom for the Thought that we Hate by Anthony Lewis details several Supreme Court cases that ruled on cases of obscenity, profanity, and pornography as they related to free speech. Cases... Continue Reading →