"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations, then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."

Click Chris Plante Interviews Sarah Palin Part 2 to hear the quote – and to confirm that Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is indeed explaining her fears that the media may chill future government candidate’s speech.


This story is all over the blogospherewith all the responses you would expect from such a silly statement. “Silly” is being kind – but I don’t care to regurgitate on the same topic as others; instead I thought I’d figure out just exactly what First Amendment Palin had been reading.

Perhaps this is it:


The Press shall make no comment criticizing a Republican Candidate, or ask any substantive questions of said Candidate; or endorsing the Candidate’s opponent; or print letters to the Editor in support of the opposition; or aid the people in their right to understand the issues.


I welcome any improvements in the comments section…

  • name

    You’re an ass.

  • name(less?):

    Could be. But do you have any substantive comments to make?

  • The irony in this post is that Obama has promised a full scale attack on the first amendment. He’s going to bring back the ‘fairness doctrine’ with the specific purpose of killing conservative talk radio.

    He’s going to bring in ‘hate speech’ laws, and he has in writing promised to revoke the licenses of broadcast stations that dared to run ads critical of Obama.

    They said if Bush was elected that we’d have government censorship of the media. It looks like they were right.