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Arment Dietrich

First Amendment Right…or Wrong?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 17, 2008 | 
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Blog written by Sarah Evans

Former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferrara is now a former finance committee member for the Clinton campaign.  Last week she was quoted as saying, “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

No surprise, this created a media field day. The sound bite was twisted, turned, and yes, spun in every direction possible. It even led to media accusations that this was not an isolated incidence

Ferrara’s comments in or out of context don’t leave much wiggle room for interpretation. From a PR perspective this is one of those statements that will live in political suicide infamy. Plainly stated, Ferrara should not have publicized her feelings on Obama’s race and gender. Don’t get me wrong, she’s entitled to her opinions and beliefs—but during a highly competitive race…really?

Ferrara claims this was a statement of fact, a chance to exercise her First Amendment right. And so, I put it to you, was this an example of a first amendment right or is it just plain wrong? Blog on.