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<< Sep 6, 2008 @ 10:50 >>

"Mayor Coleman must salvage the damaged reputation of the state and the city by dropping charges against all journalists immediately." -Huffington Post

I see this charge again and again: Journalists demanding that all charges against journalists be dropped immediately. Why are journalists not demanding all charges be dropped against the protesters as well?

Whatever charges are dropped against journalists, be it Conspiracy to Riot or Unlawful Assembly, any protesters with the same charges must also have those charges dropped. It can be no other way.

Why? Because the exact same SENTENCE that the journalists are standing on to make these demands also and equally protects the protesters:

"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."

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September 7, 2008 @ 11:36:59

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I would like to point out that I posted the comments above as a comment on the Huffington Post article, and they still have not approved it.

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