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Invitations are sent!   Thank you, FoundingFrog.

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First, journalistic standards are voluntary and self-imposed, and have nothing to do with the First Amendment.  Corporate advertisers, self-absorbed diarists, satirists who deliberately blend fact and fiction, and partisan propagandists have a legal right to exist and are every bit as protected by the First Amendment as newspapers that value their integrity and independence.  Ethical reporting is a serious subject, but has nothing to do with whether or not journalists abuse the First Amendment.
(Analogy: One person, or a dozen people, or million people, using guns to murder in cold blood are not "abusing the Second Amendment" - they are simply committing murder)

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All the Presidents Men is on the tube and the net will be sending someone to 'Martha S's day camp.'

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It's freedom of speech until you stir up hatred.....it's equal to yelling fire in a crowded theater.

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"Stirring up hatred" is too vague - I could accuse Mark Twain of inspiring me to hate stupid people.  It's got to be an immediate incitement to violence to be comparable to yelling fire in a theatre.

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The shooting at the Republican baseball practice is an example of what happens when the press and the parties that lost won't shut up and concede gracefully.

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Excercising the first amendment does not mean deliberately misrepresenting facts.

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