Tag: Michael Graham

Democrat Candidate for NH Governor, Andru Volinsky, Blocks Media Outlet on Twitter

 

Andru Volinsky, a Democrat, announced this morning that he will seek the Democrat nomination to run for governor of New Hampshire against incumbent Chris Sununu, a Republican. New Hampshire Journal, run by friend of Ricochet @michaelgraham, naturally wanted to get a comment from the candidate, but noticed that Volinsky has blocked New Hampshire Journal’s twitter account.

Volinsky is engaging in unconstitutional “view point discrimination” according to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled unanimously this past July in upholding a lower court’s decision in Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump:

This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, “block” a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States. The answer to both questions is no. …blocking of the plaintiffs based on their political speech constitutes viewpoint discrimination that violates the First Amendment.

Bangor. You’re Saying It Wrong

 

Even if you’re not from New England, you’ve probably heard of Bangor, Maine. You might even think you know how to pronounce it, but you probably don’t. When my wife was in grad school on the West Coast a theater professor corrected her pronunciation of Bangor. “It’s pronounced Bang-er,” this know-nothing academic said, probably with a fake Oxford accent, while drinking tea. And definitely while wearing some stupid reading glasses perched on the tip of her nose, you know the kind, with the chain around the back of her neck. She was probably wearing a cardigan, too, even though it was Southern California. I don’t know; I wasn’t there. I’m just guessing.

YouTube and PragerU’s Lawsuit: The Case for Prager

 

I didn’t want to duplicate anything that had been was written already. It took a while but I read all the comments on Should Conservatives Sue Private Media Companies.

I think people are looking at this the wrong way. Yes, YouTube is a private company, but that isn’t the only consideration at play. Like everyone else, I don’t buy the public forum argument against viewpoint discrimination, unless there’s relevant state law in California on the matter (which was alluded to) or unless there’s evidence that YouTube is using its near monopoly in a way that unfairly stifles competition and violates antitrust law. However, the question isn’t, “did YouTube violate the First Amendment?” The First Amendment case is just one argument PragerU makes in their brief (and the question is about suing).

Member Post

 

Green Sasquatch: This is the very first friendly get-together of the Fairness Committee for Ricochet. Present are Green Sasquatch, chairman of the Fairness Committee, Serious Conservative, Chief Humor Evaluator, Extreme Accountant, Deputy Joke Analyzer, and Michael Graham. Michael Graham: I though this was just a friendly get-together to talk about my podcast. Preview Open

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Is Political Talk Radio Dead? w/ Michael Graham

 

What’s the future of talk radio and how can Conservatives counter-balance biased media while attracting the next generation of voters? The loquacious and hilarious Michael Graham’s background was in stand-up comedy, he coordinated several Republican campaigns including Pat Buchanan’s 1992 Presidential run, and was a talk radio host with millions of listeners in New England on WTKK and Washington DC on WMAL. Graham has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Fox & Friends, and the Dr. Phil ShowMichael is now a writer at Washington Examiner and Creative Director at The Weekly Standard where he writes and hosts several podcasts.