There have been many songs that talk aboutviolence against the police. A man from Texas claimed that the lyrics from Tupac Shakur’s 2Pacalypse Nowinspired him to murder a deputy sheriff. But Tupac’s song wasn’t a how-to on killing police, with explicitinstructions. There is a thick line that falls between a work of art that depicts or describes an act of violence anda book that gives advice on murder. Anyone with even a shred of common sense knows that you can’t say orwrite anything about any subject at any time you please.
That’s why newspapers and magazines across thecountry go through a self-censorship process that’s stricter than any amendment would impose. Unlike somepeople, most editors and publishers know that the First Amendment’s forbidding government from making a newlaw impinging on freedom of speech doesn’t mean that private individuals can’t sue you. One judge might throwtheir cases out, another might rule for the bailiffs. Printing something that’s simply offensive may be protectedunder our Bill of Rights.
But that has never stopped individuals from suing them. I saw keep on, if the congressfeels that strongly about our rights, so be it. But we need more people to stop them from getting out of hand. American History