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Antonin Scalia Has Journalists Recording Erased

It is often hard for me to hide my deep disdain for one Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Antonin Scalia, probably because the man is an arrogant, self-absorbed, hypocrite who lauds the traditional underpinning of the federal constitution while he is busy undermining it. Case in point: while giving a speech recently at the Presbyterian Christian High School in Hattiesburg Mississippi, the good justice was lauding the beauty of the first Amendment while the U.S. Marshals who protect him were busily and forcefully violating federal law by erasing two reporters’ electronic recordings of his speech on his standing orders.

Joel Campbell, the Freedom of Information Committee co-chair of The Society of Professional Journalists, issued a statement today calling on Scalia,

"to respect the First Amendment rights of journalists to gather news when he speaks at public events…[i]n what can be only described as an ultimate constitutional irony, Scalia was praising the Constitution and its First Amendment while a federal marshal harassed reporters and curtailed their right to gather news at a public appearance…"

I must say I agree, and loudly! I am so tired of conservatives holding up our Constitution in one hand and the Holy Bible in the other, praising their foundational principles, while like an octopus other hands are busy signing the orders that would deny you and I the right to live by them.

V. Edward Martin to Justice Scalia: either you believe in the first amendment or you don’t, or perhaps you believe that you and yours should be the only ones to enjoy the umbrella of its protection. It is not lost on us (the average American), that your deeds sour your lofty words. And speaking of words, if you fear yours enough to disallow their reproduction in print, then perhaps you have no business pontificating in public forums where not only you enjoy the rights and protections of our Constitution.
How dare you sir, how dare you!

Posted by V. Edward Martin at April 10, 2004 1:02 AM