TO FILM OR NOT TO FILM? . . . THAT IS THE QUESTION!
A Chicago-area Federal Court of Appeals has ruled that schools in Wisconsin have the right to reserve privileges to film local high school sporting events to paying video production companies, reports The Associated Press. Many people believe that because the schools are heavily funded by taxpayer money, this is an assault on the 1st Amendment.
The ruling comes only days after Representative Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) directed police to confiscate cameras from participants at a town hall meeting. According to reports, Chabot spokesman Jamie Schwartz has said the cameras were taken to protect constituents’ privacy, and media cameras were allowed to roll because staffers expected the media to respect people’s privacy. Chabot has been in office for eight terms.
Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, has called Chabot a “moron” and a Republican Congressman who has “taken stupidity to the next level,” as Democrats “like Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson” have.
“First, you cannot confiscate the property of a private citizen without a warrant or some other due process,” he wrote in a recent blog post. “Second, and I will type this slowly just in case Chabot is reading this so he will understand this. PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT A CRIME.”