In case you haven’t seen this yet, it’s yet another example of a woman saying stuff that would be considered disqualifying in a state senate race:
“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”
Needless to say, there is no first amendment right to be immune from criticism. Not to be immune from criticism from Sara Palin, not to be immune from criticism from bloggers, and not to be immune from criticism from the mainstream media. There’s nothing remotely like that in the first amendment, and rightly so.