The news is dead. It’s officially dead — and we killed it. Date of expiration: Jan. 22, 2014.
MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell probably fancies herself a pretty smart woman. Maybe she is, but she also contributes to a culture that is more concerned with the self destruction of a pop star than the erosion of individual liberties she and her fellow Americans are experiencing. On Wednesday she interrupted former Congresswoman Jane Harman, D-Calif., while she was discussing the NSA overreach in order to cover the Miami arrest of Justin Bieber.
Congresswoman Harmen, let me interrupt you. Congresswoman, let me interrupt you just for a moment. We’ve got some breaking news out of Miami. Stand by if you will. Right now in Miami, Justin Bieber has been arrested on a number of charges. The judge is reading the charges, including resisted arrest and riding under the influence. He’s appearing now before the judge for his bond hearing. Let’s watch.
The Associated Press details what was so important that a conversation on NSA spying had to be cut short for:
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — When he debuted five years ago, Justin Bieber was a mop-haired heartthrob, clean cut and charming. But a series of troubling incidents have put his innocent image at risk, and none more so than his arrest on DUI charges Thursday.
Police say they arrested a bleary-eyed Bieber — smelling of alcohol — after officers saw him drag-racing before dawn on a palm-lined residential street, his yellow Lamborghini traveling at nearly twice the speed limit.
The 19-year-old singer later admitted smoking marijuana, drinking and taking a prescription medication, police say. Unlike previous episodes, this arrest has him facing potential jail time.
Ben Franklin, if you can hear me, I’m sorry. We let you down. Hard.
Our Constitution is neither a self-actuating nor a self-correcting document. It requires the constant attention and devotion of all citizens. There is a story, often told, that upon exiting the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was approached by a group of citizens asking what sort of government the delegates had created. His answer was: “A republic, if you can keep it.”