- - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Come on now, give the left a break. The First Amendment applies to Congress, not to the president or his executive branch agencies (“FCC backpedals on wrongheaded newsroom-monitoring plan,” Web, Feb. 21). The First Amendment expressly bars Congress from enacting laws limiting, among other things, freedom of the press and free speech. There is nothing in the amendment limiting the president’s authority to pass laws in the form of executive orders controlling news output.

If the president could not enact laws in this form, Congress would have already moved against him. True, this suggests that the GOP has transformed itself into the “Go Along Party,” but that’s life in this age of transformation, founding legacy be darned.

DAVID R. ZUKERMAN

The Bronx, New York

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