Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States, especially while this subject was foremost in the minds of the public following the previously mentioned events in Connecticut and the President’s speech to the nation about them.
Um, no; actually, that isn’t quite what he was doing. What he was doing was not “informing” anyone; he was mis-informing, trying to exacerbate general hysteria to obscure the truth about useless bans on Constitutionally-protected items in the course of advocating for a certain position, in direct contravention of his supposed “ethics” as a supposed “journalist.” He was, in effect, yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. Which, last I heard, was not Constitutionally-protected speech. Nor is openly, brazenly lying.
Mike notes yet another repulsive, ludicrous, totalitarian aspect of the horrible letter issued to David Gregory as his get-out-of-jail-free card.