Rather than grandstanding with a lawsuit, Jared instead uses the opportunity to remind us of the value of freedom of speech and of the press:
From the moment that Ms. Sterling came onto the live TV set during the Pumpkin Festival, I cited the First Amendment of the Constitution of The United States and my right to report on the violence occurring at the Pumpkin Festival. Ms. Sterling’s threats to “pull the plug” on my report seriously undermined Freedom of the Press.
Since the founding of this country, town commons across the United States have served as the place where any person could share their opinions and views. From soapboxes to gazebos, TV cameras and reporters, all viewpoints were accepted without prejudice at this sacred community gathering point. I find it fitting that last Saturday, the First Amendment was tested in Keene’s downtown common.
If there is any lesson to be learned from this video, it is that no person, be it a reporter or citizen, should ever be oppressed by any other person, business or government. At such a time when the First Amendment becomes irrelevant, the foundation of our United States of America will crumble.
Jared – the United States is crumbling, and it’s about time its empire be gone from this planet, like the Soviet Union before it. However, journalists with your courage will ensure that speech remains free in an independent New Hampshire.