Has anyone heard of the First Amendment?
In a story in the New York Times two days ago written by Michael M. Grymbaum, the Biden campaign has sent a letter to media outlets and news anchors directly asking them to no longer book the President's personal attorney on the air.
“We are writing today with grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump,” said Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield, two advisers to the Biden campaign.
First of all, what is being asked here is not unusual of any political campaign. Earned and unearned media are the life blood of any message based organization and those on a mission will stop at nothing to ensure their message and campaign are looked at in the best light.
With that said, I believe the Biden folks are overstepping their bounds here. Although they have the right to make such a request, it preposterous for them to expect and kind of cooperation. We don"t need to remind anyone of the right to a free press or the right to free speech to make clear what is being requested here, stomps all over both.
A quick look at the other side of the argument leaves you somewhat empathetic to the campaign's wishes. Rudy Giuliani has been anything but clear and concise in his arguments in support of the President. His loose facts and even looser tongue leave your head spinning and all respect for him out the door.
Might I suggest an alternative approach to Mr. Giuliani. Let him speak and give him as much camera time as possible. Let the American people see him for who and what he is. Like my grandmother used to say, "if someone wants to show their true stripes, let them". Better to let them show the world, than for you to have to make the case for them.