- Nov 24, 2001
I’m not an expert on the law but my understanding is that the press is afforded greater protection from prosecution than you or I. I agree with that. The issue is the blurring of news and opinion. Opinion “news” has all but replaced conventional news in several formats. The question seems fairly straightforward to me. Should opinion news receive the same protection as conventional news? Said another way, should a media personality (outlet) receive greater legal protection when accusing Dominion for example than any other citizen? If it is a news piece I would expect some detail or evidence to validate the accusation. Without that I’m not convinced any greater protection should be available.Maybe. Maybe our country has to hit rock bottom before it can heal. I don't know. I'm just saying people are going to throw a lot of things against the wall, and some of those things, when taken to their logical conclusion, are going to sound outright crazy. If AOC's comments are indeed hinting at a conversation about restricting the press, then they will turn out to be a good example. But my guess is it leads nowhere.