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Tue Aug 23, 2022, 11:13 AM

We reject the free speech-trampling rules set by J.D. Vance and DeSantis for covering their rally


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Letter from the editor :

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a likely presidential candidate in 2024, scheduled a trip to Ohio Friday to stump for Senate candidate J.D. Vance, and our reporters were not there because of ridiculous restrictions that DeSantis and Vance placed on anyone covering the event.

The worst of the rules was one prohibiting reporters from interviewing attendees not first approved by the organizers of the event for DeSantis and Vance. When we cover events, we talk to anyone we wish. Itís America, after all, the land of free speech. At least thatís America as it exists today. Maybe not the America that would exist under DeSantis and Vance.


Think about what they were doing here. They were staging an event to rally people to vote for Vance while instituting the kinds of policies youíd see in a fascist regime. A wannabe U.S. Senator, and maybe a wannabe president.

Another over-the-top rule was one reserving the right to receive copies of any video shot of the event for promotional use. Thatís never okay. News agencies are independent of the political process. We do not provide our work product to anyone for promotional use. To do so would put us in league with people we cover, destroying our credibility.

https://www.cleveland.com/news/2022/08/we-reject-the-free-speech-trampling-rules-set-by-jd-vance-and-ron-desantis-for-covering-their-rally-letter-from-the-editor.html

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Reply We reject the free speech-trampling rules set by J.D. Vance and DeSantis for covering their rally (Original post)
JoanofArgh Aug 2022 OP
ck4829 Aug 2022 #1
JoanofArgh Aug 2022 #2
Probatim Aug 2022 #8
mopinko Aug 2022 #3
allegorical oracle Aug 2022 #4
dchill Aug 2022 #10
Diamond_Dog Aug 2022 #5
Karadeniz Aug 2022 #6
Sky Jewels Aug 2022 #7
crickets Aug 2022 #12
maxrandb Aug 2022 #9
DBoon Aug 2022 #14
Martin68 Aug 2022 #11
Hassler Aug 2022 #13

Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 11:16 AM

1. Should just say that photos and media of Vance and DeSantis are expressly prohibited

I don't know what they look like. They could look like garden gnomes for all I know.

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 11:20 AM

2. Actually DeSantis does resemble a garden gnome.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 01:58 PM

8. If garden gnomes were fascist bullies. Same height though.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 11:22 AM

3. one of those times where silence goes BOOM.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 11:23 AM

4. Good for The Plain Dealer. Wish Fla. media would do this. But they won't.

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Response to allegorical oracle (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 02:08 PM

10. I know, right? 👍

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 11:37 AM

5. Wasn't that long ago

Cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati, Youngstown, were home to many immigrants.

Wonder what this older generation would say to their grandkids and great grandkids who love this fascist.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 11:42 AM

6. Compare to opposition attendees' treatment by Beto.....not to mention Obama's and Biden's.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 12:04 PM

7. We need more of this kind of response.

Thank you, Plain Dealer.

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Response to Sky Jewels (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 03:54 PM

12. +1

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 01:58 PM

9. They're Retrumplicans

From what I understand, they don't leave an image when you photograph them anyway.

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Response to maxrandb (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 24, 2022, 10:59 AM

14. Vampires don't have a reflection in a mirror, either

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 02:28 PM

11. Typical Constitution-trampling Republican politico.

There should be a requirement that anyone running of office know the Constitution as least as well as required by the Naturalization test.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Tue Aug 23, 2022, 10:26 PM

13. Benito DeathSentence is flexing his fascist muscle.

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