Read What It Says, Not What You Twist It To Say…
White House press secretary Jay Carney issued a factually incorrect response Wednesday to the White House petition to deport British-born CNN host Piers Morgan, wrongly claiming that Morgan, who has launched repeated televised attacks on the Second Amendment, is protected from deportation by the First Amendment.
In related news, Morgan has also maneuvered the White House into providing yet more evidence that they don’t know anything about the Constitution, U.S. history, or pretty much anything else. Patrick Howley reports:
Here is Carney’s statement…
Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First. President Obama believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. However, the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy. Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment — or any other matter of public concern.
Nowhere in Carney’s response to the petition does he ‘claim’ that Morgan was protected from deportation by the First Amendment. Howley just plain made that part up and Treacher apparently liked what Howley was saying so he fell in line. All Carney did was make an argument that because someone voiced an opinion on the second Amendment doesn’t mean they ‘should be’ punished for it. To equate that line of thinking with what Howley and Treacher wrote is….well…insane.
If Tucker Carlson was really serious about starting a conservative alternative to the liberal internet media, he’s still got his work cut out for him. Allowing his company’s staffers to pen outright falsehoods is not a very good counterweight to the liberal media establishment Carlson wants to undermine. Dubious propaganda masquerading as the reporting of facts makes for a poor method of achieving that goal.