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If media think they are in the clear on the Russia hoax, they need to think again

It is beyond dispute that officials in the Obama administration, and others, can be prosecuted for crimes committed in carrying out the conspiracy to take down President Trump.  Indeed, to borrow from the “climate change” gang, there is a consensus — 99% of serious past and former prosecutors agree on that point.

What has drawn no attention whatsoever is the question of whether members of the media, who either knowingly or unwittingly assisted Deep State types to perpetrate the Russiagate witch hunt hoax, can hide behind the First Amendment to protect themselves from prosecution for involvement in the conspiracy.  Under an apparently little understood legal doctrine, recognized in existing precedent by the Supreme Court, the media are not in the clear.

There is ensconced in well established case authority what is typically known as the “state actor” doctrine.  In cases brought primarily under federal civil rights law, private — i.e. non-governmental — parties, including members of the media, have been held to be, in essence, extensions of the state — i.e., agents of the state officials who carried out civil rights violations — and thus subject to suit in their own right […]

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