Does the 1st Amendment only Apply to the Media?

2020 February 29
by bc3b

Obviously not:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Freedom of the press (today viewed as the media) is just one of numerous freedoms outlined in the 1st Amendment, adopted in 1791. Another is freedom of speech, a right of every US citizen.

As the media, particularly news outlets, have become more partisan and biased (many would say dishonest), they have come under increasing attack and the percentage of Americans that no longer trust the media has declined significantly.

Gallup first measured trust in the mass media in a 1972 survey when 68% of Americans said they trusted it. Similar levels were recorded in 1974 (69%) and 1976 (72%), but two decades later, when Gallup next asked the question, trust had fallen to 53%.

Although overall trust was at the majority level until 2004, no more than 21% of Americans dating back to 1972 ever said they had the greatest level of trust. Currently, 13% have a great deal of trust, 28% a fair amount, 30% not very much and 28% none at all.

Breaking down the numbers by political party: 69% of Democrats trust the media compared to 36% of independents and only 15% of Republicans. This mirrors the media’s bias.

NOTE: The Gallup Annual Media Trust Study is never covered by the media.

Yet media hacks like Chuck Todd, Brian Stelter and Christine Amanpour defend the media’s obvious bias (many would say dishonesty) by claiming that anyone who criticizes the media is an enemy of freedom of the press and opposed to liberty.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour said the time may be ripe for a NATO-inspired pact for members of the media: “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

The network’s chief international anchor posted the message in addition to her remarks to a U.K. audience excoriating President Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“Let’s have our own ‘NATO Article 5’: an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us,” she tweeted while sharing footage of her remarks before journalists overseas.

Ms. Amanpour’s commentary comes less than one year since she asked former FBI Director James B. Comey if American citizens who scream “Lock her up!” regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be accused of “hate speech.”

“Do you, in retrospect, wish that people like yourself — the FBI, I mean — the people in charge of law and order, had shut down that language — that it was dangerous potentially, that it could’ve created violence, that it’s kind of hate speech?” she asked in April. “Should that have been allowed?”

“That’s not the role for government to play,” he replied.

Thursday’s remarks by the reporter saw her casting her audience and other reporters as a “pillar” of democracy and freedom.

The same 1st Amendment that grants the press (media) the right to lie and distort facts gives every American (including the President) the right to call out the media for its lies, distortions and outright dishonesty.

Hat tip: US Constitution, Gallup and Washington Times

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68 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 February 29 10:28 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Interesting how the media tries to use the 1st Amendment, which guarantees the right of free speech, to silence criticism of the media..

  2. 2020 February 29 10:49 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Mini Mike buying three minutes of airtime to address the nation on Corona Virus – 8:30 tonight on NBC and CBS.

  3. 2020 February 29 11:24 pm

    2 – Way to not politicize things Mini Mike, I’m sure your scaremercial will go over well for tuesday. /s

    Could go either way though, either this will bury him if voters don’t appreciate the transparent political stunt, or it’ll get his name name recognition up for all those ballots he’s on Tuesday if they like it. Flip a coin at this point given our populace but I’d like to think the first is more likely – even among those voting in dem primaries.

  4. 2020 February 29 11:25 pm

    pics – top right. Reminds me bit of Kenzie Reeves.

  5. 2020 February 29 11:40 pm

    Remember when Democrats said no one was coming for your guns?

  6. 2020 March 1 1:26 am

    “Judges at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California have suspended their decision to knock down two policies that have dramatically cut the flow of migrants over the southern border.”

    Technically just till some hearing monday, but one wonders if the timing of this and the optics and likely hood of being immediately fast-tracked and overturned didn’t play into this decision given what may quickly be a closed border a week from now.

  7. 2020 March 1 1:43 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    5, that’s my county.
    Where do you go to volunteer to be a test defendant to sue those guys?

  8. 2020 March 1 7:16 am
    justrand permalink

    Still traveling so it’s tough to type on my cell phone. That said. …

    The Left (which 90% of the media is ) abhors free speech, abhors honest debate, and abhors reasoning. Thus they view any comments about them OTHER THAN those of adulation, as “Hate Speech.

    I am sick of having Leftists (and yes I know some) shut down even a casual conversation as soon as they realize you’re going to ask them to [gasp!] support their position! I had that happen just the other day and it truly sickened me.

  9. 2020 March 1 7:51 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #8 –

    That’s why so much of the left-wing media has eliminated comments: CNN, NBC, Time, Reuters, Newsweek MSN “News”, the Daily Beast, National Urinal, Christian Science Monitor, LA Times, Chicago Tribune,, M-Live, etc.

  10. 2020 March 1 8:15 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    The story of the “cobra effect”, unexpected consequences to well meaning laws.

  11. 2020 March 1 8:21 am
    bc3b permalink

    I’ll go with the blonde – third from the left.

  12. 2020 March 1 8:25 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #8 –

    When you hit 3,000 miles in your new Prius pickup, be sure to check your privilege.

  13. 2020 March 1 9:00 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    A segment from Trump CPAC speech, he draws crowd approval for remarks on Mini Mike and Liz Warren, pretty funny

    Speaking of funny: “When you hit 3,000 miles in your new Prius pickup, be sure to check your privilege.”
    Never. Gets. Old.

  14. 2020 March 1 10:47 am
    Eph permalink


    Another gift for Sanders.

    They should have been gone before.

  15. 2020 March 1 3:59 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The Dim party in meltdown — — party types are switching at the local level. And here is a critical point, the switch is one way, away from the far left.

  16. 2020 March 1 4:23 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Lucianne just posted a headline that Buttigieg just dropped out. Daily Beast concurs:

    Eph – Please pick up the pink courtesy phone.

    A lot has changed since Iowa. So, where will Petey Boy and Steyer’s followers go – Biden or Mini Mike?

  17. 2020 March 1 4:32 pm

    19 – Funny cause he just started running tv ads here in GA yesterday… or was first I saw them anyway. Guess he took the buyout package. Sucks in a way though kinda wanted him to stay in for at least tuesday and draw some votes from bloomy and biden.

  18. 2020 March 1 4:48 pm
    Eph permalink

    Fags probably go to Bernie

    Another gift.

    A slap for those who say buttgay was a “moderate”

  19. 2020 March 1 5:01 pm
    JBoz permalink

    Mayor Peter Butt is yet another Manchurian candidate. He was designed and built by the same forces that designed and built Barry. He was never intended to be the 2020 nominee. His debut was intended to create public awareness, and pave the way for a 2024 run at which point he will already be a household name. He WILL be the Dem nominee in 2024.

  20. 2020 March 1 5:10 pm
    Eph permalink


    Buttgay has to win a statewide election first.

    Which means he moves from Indiana to Michigan tomorrow.

  21. 2020 March 1 6:23 pm

    His gerbel must have died, so he pulled out prematurely.

  22. 2020 March 1 7:24 pm
    Eph permalink

    Attention K mart shoppers…

    Clean up aisle 24 please

  23. 2020 March 1 7:54 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    Hayward at PowerLine blog on Biden’s age
    “Do you realize that Buttigieg can run for president again for the next 40 years and still be younger than Joe Biden is today? ”
    “Do you realize that with the withdrawal of Buttigieg … Joe Biden is now the youngest man in the Democratic field?”

  24. 2020 March 1 9:13 pm
    Eph permalink

    Now we know why he dropped out.

    My guess is that he never runs again.

  25. 2020 March 2 2:44 am
    bc3b permalink

    JimNrCal #26 = True. And, when Amy drops out Wednesday, Lie-A-Watha will be the youngest at 71.

  26. 2020 March 2 2:45 am
    bc3b permalink

    JBoz – Don’t be a stranger.

  27. 2020 March 2 3:11 am

    28 – tbh I don’t think it matters since everyone will be 70+.

  28. 2020 March 2 3:59 am
    bc3b permalink

    Steyer’s campaign worst in presidential history? He spent more than $3,300 per vote; got 0 delegates:

  29. 2020 March 2 4:04 am
    bc3b permalink

    Interesting take from Powerline: Did Buttigieg bail before Super Tuesday to improve his chances of being the VP choice?

    As the article states, the odds that Sanders, Biden or Bloomberg might not finish their term are not that bad.

  30. 2020 March 2 6:15 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Trump offers aid to Iran on the virus front. Very Christian thought — — But what does a Islamist know about being Christian?

  31. 2020 March 2 6:30 am
    drdog09 permalink


    I am always amazed at the ingenuity of the human mind.

  32. 2020 March 2 7:00 am
    Eph permalink

    “Oh, one last thought…if Democrats who speak and behave in the manner in which Mayor Pete does are now considered “Moderate”, then would Karl Marx be considered a “Centrist”?”

    March 2 , 2020


  33. 2020 March 2 7:12 am

    No mo homo, mo fo

  34. 2020 March 2 7:28 am
    justrand permalink

    Eph: “if Democrats who speak and behave in the manner in which Mayor Pete does are now considered “Moderate”, then would Karl Marx be considered a “Centrist”?

    Absolutely! Che, Mao, Stalin and Castro are PRAISED by the Democrats…and they KILLED millions! Karl Marx? He just talked about it.

  35. 2020 March 2 8:28 am
    bc3b permalink

    While Butt-Boy isn’t as open and honest as Sanders, he may actually be further left.

  36. 2020 March 2 9:02 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Remember this classic? Fidel’s funeral ‘hearse’, that broke down in the middle of the procession?

    This should be the death parade for Marxism. People need to be reminded that Marxism from time to time that it just don’t work.

  37. 2020 March 2 9:05 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Then of course there is ‘government at work’ perils as well — — Marxist or not.

  38. 2020 March 2 9:10 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Jack Welch, RIP, 84, former GE CEO

    Jack was a bit of a pirate. But unlike Mitt who just bought a sold for the sheer profit of it; Jack based his decision on staying competitive under the GE umbrella. The subtle difference was shareholders benefited from Welch’s efforts. Romney just raped the shareholders for his own benefit.

  39. 2020 March 2 9:32 am
    bc3b permalink

    Tomorrow evening should be interesting for several reasons:
    1. The number (and diversity) of states involved in Super Tuesday
    2. The first time Mini Mike’s name is on the ballot

  40. 2020 March 2 9:33 am

  41. 2020 March 2 11:29 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Then you are in the wrong line. The line with folks with bread is to your left…..

  42. 2020 March 2 11:54 am
    bc3b permalink

    48 hours early:

    Klobuchar never had a chance, but her 3% could take Slow Joe from 12% to 15%.

  43. 2020 March 2 12:04 pm
    Eph permalink

    Warren, 71, Is the youngest woman in the field now.

    When she quits all her support goes to the oldest man in the field. Sanders is 79.

  44. 2020 March 2 12:12 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    Gabbard hasn’t officially dropped out yet.

    Current Candidates
    * Biden
    * Sanders
    * Bloomberg
    * Warren
    * Gabbard

    Former Candidates
    * Klobuchar
    * Buttigieg
    * Steyer
    * Patrick
    * Yang
    * Bennet
    * Booker
    * Williamson
    * Ojeda
    * Swalwell
    * Gravel
    * Hickenlooper
    * Inslee
    * Moulton
    * Gillibrand
    * de Blasio
    * Ryan
    * O’Rourke
    * Messam
    * Sestak
    * Bullock
    * Harris
    * Castro
    * Delaney

  45. 2020 March 2 12:24 pm
    Eph permalink


    Yes she has, she just doesn’t realize it

  46. 2020 March 2 1:10 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    Tomorrow night should be interesting.

  47. 2020 March 2 1:27 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Don’t be fooled,

    “. . . To Endorse Quid Pro Joe as Super Tuesday Approaches . . .
    . . . Buttplug Also to Endorse Quid Pro Joe as Democrat Establishment Unites Against Breadline Bernie”

    If the Democrats thought Socialism would sell to deliver them into power, they would do it.

  48. 2020 March 2 1:57 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #52 –

    The Dems are afraid of losing the House.

  49. 2020 March 2 2:14 pm

    DJIA 26,703.32 +1,293.96 5.09%

    What a difference a day makes. Lib heads explode.

  50. 2020 March 2 2:39 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Proposed Kalifornia law would fine stores for labeling toys, clothing, etc. for boys and girls.

  51. 2020 March 2 3:00 pm
    Eph permalink

    How many GOpeeeeee endorsed Trump n 2016?

    Not many…

  52. 2020 March 2 3:01 pm

    How much longer must we abide joe biden?
    Beating a dead horse he was once a ride~in ,
    Looking for an issue for which to pontificate,
    His one last grey cell is left to masturbate,
    Let’s just hope it keeps on a hide~in.

  53. 2020 March 2 3:04 pm
    bc3b permalink

    If Joe Biden makes dozens of unforced gaffes every week, imagine what he would be like in a debate with Trump.

  54. 2020 March 2 3:33 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    55, just shaking my head. What a control freak!

    USA: 99 cases, half a dozen deaths

  55. 2020 March 2 4:00 pm
    justrand permalink

    naturally the desperate Dems are rallying around Joe…because he is soooooooooo, um, “smart”

  56. 2020 March 2 4:03 pm
    Eph permalink


    That’s why he won’t be the nominee.

  57. 2020 March 2 5:08 pm
    justrand permalink

    Eph, that is exactly why he’ll be the nominee! 🙂 the Dems know they can utterly control him if they can just get him elected…and they will do ANYTHING to ensure that!

  58. 2020 March 2 6:33 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Biden, best to know who gets nominated for the VP slot. Biden is a natural for a Amend 25 action.

    So consider Biden gets the nom. To placate the Bernie Bros Sanders gets the VP slot. Biden wins. The Bros go roman and initiate a Amend 25 action with 3 months of Biden taking office. Then where will we be, hmmmmmmm??

  59. 2020 March 3 9:12 am

    Machiavellian mofos

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