Joe Miller vs Freedom of the Press

Joe Miller, like his mentor, Sarah Palin, has a strange way of appreciating our first amendment rights. Like having his security firm surround, intimidate, and cuff an Alaskan blogger who wanted to–gasp!–ask him a question.

“It’s too bad that this blogger would take advantage of a ‘Town Hall’ meeting to create a publicity stunt just two weeks before the election.”

Drop Zone owner William Fulton was quoted by Alaska Dispatch saying that the Miller forum was a private event and that Hopfinger refused to leave. “It wasn’t a public place,” he said. [Emphasis added.]

I am confused. Was it a town hall meeting, or was it a private event? The town hall meetings America started with were public events, and questions–and answers–were expected. I know that type of thing is more suited to a democracy than a republic, but

McAdams, the mayor of Sitka, tweeted in a messagee to Miller: “in case you were unaware, the Constitution also applies to reporters.”

I really love that line. Like another Alaska republican, he doesn’t seem to understand the concept of a “free press”. Perhaps the First Amendment is like some sex ed classes–parents can excuse their kids with a note. “Please place Joey in study hall during Civics class, Mrs. Long. We teach our kids all they need to know about government at home.”

Yes, I know that not all–or even most–Alaskans are like that. (Besides, both Joe and Sarah are transplants.)

Lisa Murkowski, who is the current Republican senator and is running a tight race with Miller despite being a write-in candidate, said this:

“…noting that Miller brands himself as a constitutional conservative. “We call on him to immediately disavow the actions of his private security guards for violating the constitutional rights of a United States citizen by illegally detaining him. I find it alarming that Joe feels he needs to hire security forces to protect him from Alaskan voters and members of the press.”