Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Martinez, bloggers, and the establishment "press"

I will admit freely that I don't know, and don't care to research, the chain of command that oversees Sergeants at Arms in the Roundhouse.

Wherever that path leads to on paper;
(the leadership of the legislature)
the buck stops on the desk of Governor
Susana Martinez.

Sergeants at Arms in the Roundhouse
are denying the free exercise of First
Amendment rights of bloggers, link.

If Gov Martinez has any intention to respect the First Amendment Rights of bloggers to equal treatment under the law, she will do what ever she has to do, to call off the Sergeants at Arms and prohibit them from discriminating against any member of the press, regardless of their medium.

I think it is fair to say that bloggers tend to be more critical
of the establishment than are the reporters who work for
the establishment. That the establishment then blatantly
discriminates against them creates appearances of conflicts
of interest and impropriety.

The founding fathers understood the critical need for a free press. They chose to protect the human right to be a free press, in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Are bloggers the press? Realistically, if an internet press had been around in colonial days, don't you suppose the founding fathers would have protected them in particular against the abuse of power by government?

It is the manifest position of the establishment that, only
their reporters are protected by First Amendment rights.

They are entitled to their opinion. They are not entitled to
use the power of the government to enforce their opinion
on others.

The Martinez camp has a record of jerking bloggers around.
Will the Martinez administration do the same?
Will there be "bold change"?

The answers are self-evident.

When the question is;

Do you respect the First Amendment rights of bloggers?
any answer except yes, means no.

photo Mark Bralley

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