there’s a thing called the first amendment…
The fact that the 48 Hours Mystery show, titled “Only Casey Knows,” is going to air is absolutely maddening. But, there is not a thing that anyone can do about it, not even Judge Belvin Perry. The reason, of course, is a result of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. But, I’m still mad at CBS.
We know about the protections of the First Amendment as it relates to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But that does not stop my anger and my feeling that airing this show is a dirty low-down stunt, and I am mad as hell at CBS.
I carry a little copy of the Constitution with me in my purse and am well aware of the First Amendment, as I am sure you are, too. But, I’m still mad at CBS.
We know that the defense has every right to speak to whomever they wish, whenever they wish when no gag-order is imposed by a court. But, is it right? Not in my opinion. Is it ethical? Not in my opinion. Does it taint potential jurors? Yes, in my opinion. Is it illegal? No, not under the Constitution of the United States of America. But, I’m still mad at CBS.
During today’s hearing a very interesting request came out of the mouth of Jose Baez to the court. He would like to turn off the cameras in the courtroom. Mr. Baez, like us, doesn’t like the freedom of the press either – unless it’s convenient. His request is no different than ours. We want to stop 48 Hours, and Mr. Baez wants to stop the cameras from rolling in the court. Judge Perry told Mr. Baez that the Florida Supreme Court would not agree. Perry said if he turned the cameras off, they’d be back on in 48 hours.
48 Hours? Interesting. I have 48 reasons why I’m still mad at CBS.
Below are the words of the First Amendment of the Constitution:
Amendment One: Freedom of religion, speech, and the press; rights of assembly and petition.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
There it is – that thing called the First Amendment which protects Mr. Baez, and Mason, and you and me when we want to express our opinions. Where it not for the First Amendment, I would not be able to blog as I do. Neither would you. And, I am mad at CBS, but I sure cherish my rights.
What are some of the rights ripped out from under people in a Communist state?
- People may not write or publish as they please – writers and Bloggers are thrown in jail.
- People may not practice the religion of their choice;
- The press is controlled by the Government;
- People cannot assemble in protest in countries wrapped in a communist flag, but
- I’m mad as hell at CBS.
I like my First Amendment Rights! I am thankful for the First Amendment, but I am angry over how wrong it seems to air a show like 48 Hours before the system of justice has a chance to work.
Regardless, I am glad I live in a country where such a program can air.
And, you know what? This is an object lesson many of us can learn from.
BUT I AM STILL MAD AT CBS!