Who hired the potty mouth woman for the White House press dinner? Answer: Another woman!

It is always interesting to note how visceral hate exposes itself in the most unusual places. The most recent was at the White House Corespondents Association dinner held in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The dinner is put on by the White House Corespondents Association (WHCA). According to the WHCA website:

We share the belief, held by our country’s Founders and enshrined in the First Amendment, that an independent news media is vital to the health of the republic.

The White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the presidency.

According to the WHCA, “White House Correspondent’s Association holds an annual dinner to raise money for WHCA scholarships and honor the professional recipients of the WHCA’s journalism awards.”

The news after the dinner was not about how the WHCA’s support for the First Amendment. The First Amendment reads:

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.

Margaret Talev

So who hired a woman to use foul language to attack another woman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is the Press Secretary to the President of the United States?

What make this doubly egregious is that the President of the WHCA is a woman. Here name is Margaret Talev. Talev is a political corespondent for Bloomberg. After the dinner Talev posted the following on the WHCA Twitter account:

Dismay indeed!

Is Profanity Protected Speech?

 The Newseum Institute’s  wrote the following in a column titled “Remember Profanity Isn’t Always Protected Speech“:

The First Amendment often protects the profane word or phrase — but not always.

The First Amendment protects a great deal of offensive, obnoxious and repugnant speech. As Justice John Marshall Harlan wrote 40 years ago in Cohen v. California, “one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” In that decision, the Court ruled that an individual had a First Amendment right to wear a jacket bearing the words “Fuck the Draft.”

So a general law that prohibits all profanity will run into serious First Amendment hurdles, as recognized this week by the suburban Chicago city of Park Ridge, Ill. Perhaps in the spirit of the Cohen ruling, the city rid its books of a law that made it illegal to use profanity on streets, alleys and other public places. The police chief of the suburb told the Associated Press that free-speech concerns formed part of the reason for erasing the law.

Park Ridge’s move has much to commend it. But people shouldn’t mistakenly believe that the First Amendment always protects profanity. It doesn’t.

Certain categories of speech are not entitled to First Amendment protection, including fighting words, true threats and incitement to imminent lawless action. If a person engages in profane fighting words or utters a true threat with profanity, those words may not be protected speech.

Likewise, a speaker who uses profanity to stir up a crowd to immediate lawless action (like a riot) may have crossed the line from protected speech into unprotected incitement.

Furthermore, though you may have a right to curse on the street, don’t assume you have a right to curse at your public employer or at your public school. Context — as well as content — is important in First Amendment law. The government has greater power to regulate speech when it acts as employer or educator than it does when it acts as sovereign.

The monologue at the WHCA dinner was profanity writ large. Was the intent “to stir up the crowed to immediate lawless action?”

Was the monologue “unprotected incitement?” Was the attack against the Press Secretary “profane fighting words?”

Profanity is the most common form of bullying.

The Bible says this about profanity:

Colossians 3:8

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.

Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Matthew 12:36-37

I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

We report you decide.


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