First Amendment Rights – Freedom of the Press

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The First Amendment of the US Constitution protects the press from laws that would take away the rights to publish their content. That is the essence of the freedom of the press clause in the Constitution. Even with that guarantee there are many restrictions on the press.

The press cannot publish false information that damages a person’s reputation or livelihood. This is libel, and it is a criminal offense. The press is not guaranteed or granted unrestricted access to, nor can they publish material that is classified or against the national interests of the United States. These laws are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the restrictions on the press.

Being part of the press corps at the White House is not protected by the First Amendment. This is a privilege to the journalists and news agencies who have been granted this access to the President and the Administration. Those individuals and news agencies can have that access revoked. Especially if they violate protocol or the law.

Jim Acosta, the CNN journalist, has violated protocol at the very least. He also has allegedly committed assault against a female White House intern. For these reasons his press pass was revoked by the White House.

But of course some Leftist black-robed unelected tyrant Judge has overstepped their Constitutional authority and reinstated Mr Acosta’s White House press credentials. And until we take back our Liberties this judicial opinion is treated as law. However, the White House is still within it’s authority and bounds to refuse to call upon Mr Acosta and may deactivate any mic he happens to force out of any one else’s hands.

The American People need to understand their rights. They must know them. They must know that they do not come from the government but the come from God. Government is only there to acknowledge these rights and protect these rights.

Mr Acosta’s rights were not violated when his press pass was revoked. This is a privilege not a right to be at the White House press briefing. His freedom of the press was not removed. His right to due process does not apply as this is an administrative action to a privilege. His rights were maintained.

Author: bynw

Chris aka "bynw" is the site owner and primary post author. A life-long conservative Constitutionalist when it comes to politics. A believer and follower of Jesus Christ. A Linux enthusiast. And a gamer.

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