And Gail Collins chimed in with one of her typical wandering wonders laced with baseless innuendoes and cheap shots at FOX News – again turning the First Amendment right to free speech into a weapon to slander and defame an innocent man.
The press' obsession with character assassination, of course, didn't start with Cliven Bundy. It's been going on since long before Alexander Hamilton sparked a duel by insulting Aaron Burr in the Albany Register in 1804. The hit men of the fourth estate justify their activities under the First Amendment's "freedom of the press."
The First Article of the Bill of Rights, popularly known as the First Amendment, reads in part: . "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." So while the First Amendment gives you the right to say whatever you want, it also gives the New York Times the right to say whatever they want, even when they are calling you a bad person for saying what you said. The later, of course, is an abuse of the First Amendment, usually referred to as libel. Since, however, our courts have upheld the right of the press to libel innocent American citizens at will, the onus is on you, as a free citizen, to decide when they are crying fire where no conflagration exists.
Nor is he press' right to mendacity confined to character assassination. Under the banner of "freedom of the press" they freely spew Socialist propaganda and openly abet fascism . As my daddy used to say, "The First Amendment guarantees the treason of the press."
Yet we certainly don't want to curtail the freedom of the press. Whom could we possibly trust to objectively enforce such curtailment? Besides, there are still some honest, conscientious, and untainted-by-government-fascism reporters, such as Sharyl Attkison – oops! – wait – she just got fired by CBS for being honest, conscientious, and untainted by fascism. Well, anyhow, I'm sure there must still be some out there somewhere whom we don't want curtailed.
The point is, the First Amendment puts the burden of responsibility on you to avoid being lied to. It says that the government, just like private citizens, has the right to lie to you, and that it's up to you to keep them from doing so successfully. That means you've got to work hard to keep advised and alert – or be a pawn.
Freedom is not cheap and it's never been easy, and there will always be those who would prefer the irresponsibility and security of slavery. But to a republican (small r), freedom is worth any price he has to pay for it, up to and including his own life.