- - Thursday, December 15, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

There are many politicians and many in the mainstream press that claim that they believe in the First Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment protects the right of religiosity and religious worship, the right to free speech and freedom of the press, assembly and conscience, and the right to petition government. Over time, many of the supposedly pro-First-Amendment entities have proven that their support is totally false.

Members of the press and politicians in both political parties have shown hostility toward the Bill of Rights, particularly the First Amendment. The mainstream press has shown this hostility whenever people have publicly supported causes and interests it has opposed. It has shown hostility when individuals have put forth speech critical of political candidates 60 days before an election, as guaranteed in Citizens United. Recently the Los Angeles Times even apologized for running letters to the editor which defended U.S. internment camps during World War II.

The press and politicians have been attacking so-called “fake news” stories that were nothing more than news items critical of Hillary Clinton. It is mainstream-news editors, producers and CEOs who have gone out of their way to define who is and is not a journalist. Talk about the height of arrogance.

The Constitution was signed and enacted by the Founding Fathers to be a restraint on government. Politicians and the mainstream press have crossed the line to control the flow of information, therefore trying to create a monopoly. Is it any wonder these politicians and the press have such low approval ratings among the American people? With the advent of the Internet, cable, satellite and more technology under way, people are seeing through them and therefore they are losing control. You would think that these individuals would wise up and clean up their acts, but they will not. To them, the people are always wrong and they are always right.

ALEX PUGLIESE

Kenilworth, N.J.

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