New York Times: Conservatives Have ‘Weaponized’ First Amendment

Amber Athey | Media and Breaking News Editor

In a Sunday article shockingly not marked “opinion,” a New York Times reporter accused conservatives of “weaponizing” the First Amendment.

The story by Adam Liptak titled “How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment” made it onto the front page of Sunday’s paper and was presented as a straight news story rather than an opinion piece.

Within just four paragraphs, the author claimed that conservatives have used free speech to justify “discrimination against gay couples” and “unlimited campaign spending.” The article went on to suggest that conservatives are only interested in protecting free speech because it advances their policy goals and that free speech disproportionately benefits the powerful in society.

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