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Chicago Court Issues Sport Filming Rules While Chabot Confiscates Cameras At Town Hall

August 29, 2011 by  

Chicago Court Issues Sport Filming Rules While Chabot Confiscates Cameras At Town Hall

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.

Local newspapers in small towns throughout Wisconsin will no longer have the right to provide video streams of local sports to their subscribers because of the ruling in the case, Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, and American-HiFi, Inc., v. Gannett Co., Inc., and Wisconsin Newspaper Association, which began in 2008.

The athletic association sued The Post-Crescent, an Appleton, Wis., newspaper, for streaming live coverage of its high school football playoff games, despite anger from many fans who rely on local papers for sports coverage. Bob Dreps, the attorney representing Gannett and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, discussed the court’s ruling with the AP.

“We’re disappointed in the decision’s failure to distinguish taxpayer-funded high school sports from professional sports in any meaningful way. These are government-sponsored events,” Dreps said.

The defendants may again appeal the decision, which was based on a 1977 case involving Hugo Zacchini, who performed a 15-second human-cannonball act at a state fair and asked a reporter not to film the routine. The reporter did so anyway, and the footage was played on the evening news. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Zacchini’s favor, saying the journalist could have complied by reporting on the event without filming.

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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Stan Smith

    Ummm! {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.} So Crooked politicians got something to hide?? Hell I even will film the town hall event take the trusty camcorder film it and have a friend to type word for word what the politicians is saying and start my own news blogs to counter the Big News What Media?? lies since they take things out of context! Time to counter the media lies take your camcorder film it, If a news caster from CNN starting to fib then time to post the real footage at you tube!

    • Allen

      True, Stan. Makes me wonder about Chabot also. I think this just indicates, as the Tea Party states, there are “morons” in all of the political parties. Additionally, I now question the motives of ANYONE that wishes to run for a political office. It cannot be for the salary, so it must be for the perks.

    • BridgetB

      Do they have something to hide?
      seems like it.
      otherwise ,Who cares?

    • B

      Stan Smith, yes! Have a friend type it word for word and caption it on that film. Deaf People Vote too!
      ~B

  • Robert

    i think this behavior by politicians and government workers indicates a substantial amount of arrogance. they have forgotten where their power is derived from – the consent of the governed. now we will see their pride cause their fall and unfortunately the rest of us will be caught up in their fall for it is certain that pride comes before a fall. pride = big headedness, cockiness, disdain, narcissism, snobbery, insolence, et al.

  • bohemian

    Since when can the ‘media’ be trusted to protect people’s privacy? They are the worst offenders; they stick cameras and microphones in people’s faces without any regard for their privacy. Whenever somebody loses a loved one in any kind of accident, murder, etc., they’re the first ones there trying to get the grieving person on camera.
    After Joe the Plumber got Øbozo to admit he wanted to ‘spread the wealth’, Øbozo’s henchmen dug into private databases (illegally) to try to dig up dirt on him. And who was there to print all the private information? The media.
    Chabot and his spokesman Schwartz are both morons if they expect us to believe that the media can be trusted.

  • Disgusted

    First of all, my taxes pay their salaries and if I want to show up at a town hall meeting with “lights, camera, action” I can and I will. The building they hold the meeting in, the chairs they sit their “a$$” in, the paper they write on and the pen they write with were all paid for by my tax dollars. You and I own all of it. We should be able to see and hear, either in person or from a recording or video, everything that they do and say not only at the town hall meeting but during their entire work day. If they are on the clock then I am payting them and guess what – those are my tax dollars! You and I are their bosses and have the right to know what is being said and discussed – the same goes for our Federal Government.

  • AJ

    Chabot needs to be voted out and replaced.

  • Matthew3

    Technology today allows for some very small cameras, including clandestine recording devices that once were rarely seen outside of national security agencies. A determined person today can easily capture the shot. A team of such videographers will capture every aspect of a townhall meeting, from closeups of each panelist to closeups of those asking the questions. It must be done; it will be done!

  • Jim

    Since high school football games are not public events (tickets are sold). The media that pays for the rights to use images, movies or photographs, must have signed releases from the participants. This includes the home and away teams. It looks like grounds for litigation and a class action suit to me.

  • Jyrine

    1st Ammendment what? Who? Where? Why!?!?

  • sylviam

    Jyrine—-Those three words are their enemy, thats why they want to destroy the Constitution, each amendment at a time. Thats why we the people MUST STAND. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH of all the BULL that they want us to swollow.
    Our telephones have cameras, and video, are they going to take them too? I think NOT. Just like the 2nd. amendment They want to limit our WEAPONRY, and if that is reversed then it will be the AMMO, they go after. Leave the CONSTITUION alone. THe SUPREME COURT has spoken on that one and should have spoken on all the AMENDMENTS.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA

  • Raggs

    chabot the king… much the same as oblama the king.
    And us little people cant do a damm thing about it?.

  • Pete in AZ

    You Tube and Face Book (to a lesser degree) serve a vital service…sometimes… in providing a world-wide window into the shenanigans some people, politicians, governments try and get away with. Take the police chief in Quartzite, AZ trying to take the town council and mayor out of the picture in ‘running’ the town. It’s stuff worthy of a good novel and just about as believable – until it appeared on Face Book and You Tube.

    The news agencies may have a financial interest in providing sports news for the school, but there are copyright laws that could take care of usurpers, if any tried to upstage the media. Copyright doesn’t cover personal use.

  • s c

    I know some of our [57 states?] can be very strange places, but I get the impression that ‘moron’ is not the best way to describe Chabot. We have nothing to lose by looking at his 1st Amendment attitude as 100% ‘closet progressive.’ How has that retard managed to survive this long and not know squat about a Town Hall meeting?
    And some people wonder why conservatives have NO use for Republicans.

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