Warmist Sheldon Whitehouse Seems Unclear On This Whole 1st Amendment Thingy

Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, has long used vast amounts of fossil fuels to rail against climate change, and has long attempted to use his power as an elected federal official to go after those who fail to share his Cult of Climastrology viewpoints. Well, he’s still doing it

(Washington Times) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wants newspapers to stop publishing “extreme” and “phony” op-eds written by climate-change skeptics, blasting such articles as “industry propaganda.”

The Rhode Island Democrat said he was stunned by the “extraordinary barrage of opinion pieces” that followed his May 2015 op-ed recommending that Attorney General Loretta Lynch investigate fossil-fuel companies and their supporters for possible civil violations of federal racketeering laws.

He blamed the flood of what he described as “error-plagued criticism” on “the climate denial apparatus” and urged newspapers to reject such opinion pieces in the future.

“The breadth of the op-ed assault suggests that a new level of critical scrutiny will be needed at honorable editorial boards to make responsible choices between legitimate and honest opinion and clever, made-to-order, industrial-scale dissemination of industry propaganda,”said Mr. Whitehouse in a Tuesday op-ed in the Columbia Journalism Review.

Here’s a sitting U.S. Senator calling for censorship by the news media of people he doesn’t agree with. Regardless of the notion that most journalists and their parent companies are left leaning, they should be appalled at Whitehouse attempting to tell them how to do their job, and telling them what they should and shouldn’t print.

Imagine this was a Republican telling the media what they shouldn’t print: can we easily imagine the collective apoplexy form the media? And from Democrats? That Republican would be smeared as a fascist, against democracy, and against the 1st Amendment. They would go ballistic. But, they’re good when their folks do the same. Even when the threats are against themselves.

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3 Responses to “Warmist Sheldon Whitehouse Seems Unclear On This Whole 1st Amendment Thingy”

  1. John says:

    Teach it is all about fraud
    If you are making a profit by telling lies it is fraud
    Do you consider fraud to be protected speech ?
    Can a newspaper that accepts advertising while promoting fraud be held accountable?

  2. gitarcarver says:

    Teach it is all about fraud

    Agreed. Whitehouse is committing fraud by trying to get money through lies.

    If you are making a profit by telling lies it is fraud

    Exactly what lies were told john?

    I’ll let Walter Olson explain:

    In terms of consumer fraud, “The line that tobacco companies were alleged to have crossed was [devising] a scheme in large part to get people to buy their product by misrepresenting what was in it,” said Mr. Olson, who discussed the litigation in his 2004 book, “The Rule of Lawyers: How the Litigation Elite Threatens America’s Rule of Law.”

    “In order for there to be a parallel, you would have to have a lawsuit on behalf of people who filled their tank at the gas station because you said it was environmentally good, and now that they find it was environmentally bad, they say, ‘I would never have filled my tank with your gas. I would have bicycled instead of owning a car if I had only known,’” said Mr. Olson.

    Under your theory, a company selling ice cream they tout as “healthy and made from natural ingredients” could be sued for fraud if a person ate nothing but the ice cream and suffered health consequences.

    Why do you hate the rights of people to speak john?

    Why are you so against freedom in this country?

    Maybe you should live in a country where dissenting voices are persecuted, prosecuted and locked away as you certainly don’t like dissenting voices here in this country,

    In short john, you’re on the wrong side of the law and on the wrong side of freedom.

    PS – you do know that there is a Federal law prohibiting government workers like AG’s from working together to deny the rights of people – including corporations – to speak, don’t you? Maybe we should go out and arrest Whitehouse for his actions.

  3. Jl says:

    John’s comment, translated: “what’s a First Amendment?”

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