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Background checks for journalists

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Mark2010, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggests journalists are "dangerous" and should be required to pass a background check and mental health screening before being allowed to broadcast or publish.

    "I think we ought to do to the first amendment practitioners what they want to do to the second amendment practitioners. We ought to do background checks on these people to see which of them are mentally ill and if they are, deny them access to the public airwaves and the newspapers as so-called news reporters or journalists because they’re dangerous. They are dangerous to the republic."

    He added, "I don't know folks, I'm just talking out loud. These are just a great example of the constant and never-ending explosions taking place in my fertile brain."

    Makes me wonder if Mr. Limbaugh would successfully pass a mental health check. Sometimes, he strikes me as someone about to come unglued.

  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Go right ahead, Flushboy.
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    In a just world, this goes on the headstone.
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I didn't listen today, but...

    Does it occur to anyone that he was trying to make a point regarding the restrictions people want to put on the right of people to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights?
  5. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Oh, yeah. Lame attempt. Journalists aren't killing people.
  6. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Would taking painkiller in such quantities that it destroys your hearing be grounds for losing your right to broadcast?

    How about being a sex tourist?
  7. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    When journalists are outlawed, only outlaws will have journalists.
  8. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    You can have my notepad and pen when you pry them out of my cold, dead hand.
  9. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Journalists don't kill people ...
  10. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    What's Bob Menendez got to do with this?
  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    No amendment is absolute.

    Suppose I decide to start a pirate radio station, and I decide to use the frequency of the station that broadcasts Rush? And my station interferes with Rush's program. The government would crack down on me, right? Even though they would be restricting my First Amendment right to free speech.
  12. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't this guy have failed every drug test except the Colombian one?
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