Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Right to Listen

From the rather amusingly named American Civil Rights Union:

"During oral argument in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, Justice Scalia said, "Do you think that there's a possibility that the First Amendment interest is greater when what the government is trying to stifle is not just a speaker who wants to say something but also a hearer who wants to hear what the speaker has to say?"

In other words, Justice Scalia raised the possibility that Rush Limbaugh's 20 million fans, as well as the listeners to 2,000 other radio talk shows, have constitutional rights, too. In particular, they have a right to choose what they want to listen to, or to watch, without government interference."

Isn't it curious how right wingers, who are always railing away about the left finding new rights in the constitution, have no trouble finding their own new rights when it suits their purpose?

Well, consistency is apparently not a hobgoblin they need to worry about.

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