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CarlFBPicLately there’s been a lot of debate coming across my Facebook page about the protests of NFL athletes during the national anthem.

Some people think the protesting players ought to be fired.

Some people think it’s a form of protected free speech.

Few of them seem to understand freedom of speech or freedom of the press.

Newspaper reporters have freedom of speech, in their role as a PRIVATE CITIZEN.  They do not, in any way shape or form have “freedom of speech” in their writings for the newspaper, UNLESS THE OWNER OF THE NEWSPAPER GRANTS IT TO THEM.  It’s the owners newspaper and the owner is not only free to print what he/she pleases, but is also RESPONSIBLE FOR IT.

It’s the same with Freedom of the press.  A newspaper reporter writing for the Minneapolis Tribune does not have “freedom of the press” unless they publish their own blog or their own newspaper.  Again, the right and responsibility fall to the owner of the newspaper.

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Is it just me?

Or have we been overrun by these annoying “click factories”???

You know the type.  You see the ads or the posts on Facebook with a subject like “Twelve Celebrity Kids with a Prehensile Tail” and you just have to see which Hollywood kids are part monkey.

The page opens and there is more flashing neon and meaningless pushy ads than a Beetlejuice Commercial.

There are four or more arrows, chevrons, or other symbols, all of which might be the “next page” button or might be an “open this ad button.”  Who is foolish enough to pay for clicks that are obtain by this kind of deception?

Somebody, obviously, or there wouldn’t be so many annoying sites like this.

Just when you think you’ve found the right “next” button, you get distracted by an ad saying, “See how this two-headed woman lost 75 pounds in two weeks using just this one weird trick!”

Weird trick…

It’s a common slogan that seems to describe this unscrupulous method for generating clicks to visit a web page.

I keep trying to avoid and boycott these really annoying sites, and I do fine for a while, and then there’s an ad that says, “Woman, 36, to have Errol Flynn’s Baby” and I just have to click on it to see how that could be possible.    Did she get a DNA sample by robbing the great one’s grave?

But it’s annoying.  I’m going to stop now.  I’m not going to open another one of these websites.

I’ll let you know how it goes…

Thanks for reading.


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