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The First Amendment is, in my humble opinion, sacred; vital to a just and civilized society. By the same token, it is neither just nor civilized to aggressively and publicly hound another American citizen in the pursuit of journalism, whether they happen to be a public servant or not.

It’s disingenuous to paint this situation as a “chilling” of the First Amendment, or to equate the seriousness of a threat against Wikileaks with the result of one reporter’s hostile tactics; Heyman clearly took a chance and straddled the line between appropriate and inappropriate behavior in pursuit of a sound byte that might give him some much sought-after attention. That’s not to say that the question doesn’t merit an honest response; of course it does. But did Heyman really expect Price to answer him while being attacked? I mean, c’mon.

During the last administration, the media fawned over the executive branch; today, the pendulum has swung violently the opposite way. Neither reaction is suitable nor constructive. The free press has an obligation to the American people — not to any politician — to report the unbiased truth; it is now learning that it should do so while maintaining a semblance of professionalism and decorum if it hopes to avoid the legal repercussions of guerilla tactics.