June 27, 2024

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Biden Administration on Censorship Issue

Conservatives were in shock Wednesday when the news of the Supreme Court decision on White House censorship was released.

The court ruled in favor of the government by using a cheap out, at least in my opinion.

According to the majority decision, the plaintiffs, two state attorneys general, had no standing to file the suit.

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The ruling came down 6-3, with Chief Justice Roberts and two Trump-appointed justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, following him over the line.

The majority opinion was written by Barrett, who claimed the plaintiffs did not have standing.

She wrote, “The plaintiffs, without any concrete link between their injuries and the defendants’ conduct, ask us to conduct a review of the years-long communications between dozens of federal officials, across different agencies, with different social-media platforms, about different topics.

"This Court’s standing doctrine prevents us from ‘exercis[ing such] general legal oversight’ of the other branches of Government.

“We therefore reverse the judgment of the Fifth Circuit and remand the case for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”

She concluded, "The plaintiffs claim standing based on the ‘direct censorship’ of their own speech as well as their ‘right to listen’ to others who faced social-media censorship.

"Notably, both theories depend on the platform’s actions — yet the plaintiffs do not seek to enjoin the platforms from restricting any posts or accounts. They seek to enjoin Government agencies and officials from pressuring or encouraging the platforms to suppress protected speech in the future.”

Justice Alito wrote the dissent, and he was livid, basically saying that this ruling would give the government unlimited power of censorship.

Fox News contributor and constitutional expert Jonathan Turley was also baffled by the decision…

I won’t undermine the court here, but I firmly believe they got this wrong.

If those two attorneys general do not have standing to bring this case, exactly who does Barrett want to bring the case so that we can get this issue settled?

This was government overreach, plain and simple, and the decision is both concerning and frustrating from a conservative perspective.

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