On the Monday broadcast of MSNBC’s Morning Joe Stephanie Stanton of NBC News reported from a newly burned to the ground house in Yorba Linda, California. She proceeded to show viewers the debris and picked up some papers left there, which she could not decipher simply noting they contained some sort of “Asian writings.” Ah the media is such a class act sometimes.
The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees citizens against unlawful searches of their persons and houses, to be exact: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause … .” I guess that does not apply to media organizations sifting through the detritus of your newly burned house.
Meanwhile the Sydney Morning Herald reprinted Jeff Zeleny’s story from the New York Times on the possibility of Obama having to give up his Blackberry because of the Presidential Records Act. The erstwhile SMH changed the heading of the article and added a paragraph. The new heading? -“Obama might have to kick his CrackBerry habit.” Read it and weep.