Jim Acosta was at the receiving end of a bunch of derisive and insulting heckling at President Trump’s rally in Ohio. He did not take it well and has done a lot of complaining and whining ever since it happened. He even went so far as to say he felt threatened, though that was not readily apparent. A lot of journalists think that they should not be criticized because they are protected by the First Amendment. It does not work that way and here is why.
As Written and Reported By Taylor Millard for Hot Air:
Hi, First Amendment!
There is a notion amongst some journalists the recent protests directed towards them at a President Donald Trump rally somehow disrespected the First Amendment. Larry Sabato tweeted as much this week, while also telling CNN’s Jim Acosta “true constitutionalists …is with you.”
Politico’s Marc Caputo apologized for venting his spleen over Twitter towards the protesters. The anger journalists have at being criticized is completely understandable – and Odin knows I’m sympathetic towards journalists – but suggesting the protesters are somehow violating the First Amendment is incorrect.
The First Amendment protects the right of the people to peaceably air their grievances about whatever topic is on their minds. It doesn’t mean the rally has to be filled with logical arguments or language one might hear whilst watching a Disney princess movie. It just can’t become a riot.
This means the demonstrators can yell whatever they want at reporters. I’m not exactly sure what the protests against ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC et al are actually accomplishing outside of anger, nor am I a real fan of cries of “traitor” or giving double birds towards journalists just looking to do their jobs. The mob obviously believes journalists like Acosta are somehow damaging the president’s…….
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