The Albuquerque Journal’s bizarre jihad against the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is alive and well. Following Independence Day, the state’s paper of record conveniently breached the firewall between its news section and its editorial section, yet again, as it circled back to “cover” the nonprofit sector in New Mexico.
By now, those familiar with the Journal will recognize its tactics:
- Story placement: Publishing a “story” about a new nonprofit in yesterday’s edition – the story was placed on the front page, above the fold.
- Juicy headline: You can almost hear Ron Burgundy reading this one –“Conservatives Look to Nonprofits, Move a Response to Liberal Efforts.” Really. Is that the title of a guest opinion piece? No, it’s the title of a “news” story.
- The follow-up editorial in today’s edition: “Real Voter Education.”
- The inability, or refusal, to acknowledge thirty years of established Supreme Court legal precedent on the First Amendment.
This final tactic (the refusal or inability to actually discuss First Amendment law) is what is most damning to the Journal’s credibility. In fact, it’s really an affront to Journal readers. To treat readers like adults and actually analyze well-established law would be diametrically opposed to the Journal’s political agenda. It’s that simple.
But, it gets even more bizarre.
As I discussed in an earlier post, top brass at the Journal have been heavily involved with a local nonprofit called the Foundation for Open Government. As you can see here, the first and perhaps most important charge for FOG (as listed on their own site) is to help the public “understand and exercise their First Amendment rights.” I wonder how the Journal editor squares the FOG mission with his paper’s year long Jihad against the most basic of American rights.
Really. On the one hand, there’s the “promotion” of the First Amendment through FOG, while at the same time a concerted effort by the state’s paper of record to avoid a thoughtful discussion of First Amendment law.
It’s the kind of cognitive dissonance that leaves one speechless.