The author of this article doesn’t choose a side necessarily. The article describes how the Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry, is displeased with the Jacksonville Jaguars protest. As many articles do, he then goes on to describe what President Trump stated. The author does make a fair point which is a quote for the Jaguar owner Shad Khan in which he says that there are many things that need to get done and Trumps comments don’t make it easier. This source is reliable as it has no bias whatsoever. There is nothing putting one side down or lifting another side. To debate about the First Amendment though, it mentions nothing about it. There is no mention of Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Protest, as these are all that apply here. “Only four players in the entire NFL had been observed kneeling or sitting during the anthem two weekends ago, but that number ballooned this past weekend to more than 200.”
The author, Ruben Navarrette, is clearly against the NFL protests. Throughout the article he describes the events that lead up to the present. However, he makes remarks about players not knowing about the history of the National Anthem and how the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was cowardly to keep his team in the tunnel during the Anthem. He also points out that veteran and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva was “an inspiring image,” as he put his hand on his heart for the Anthem. Towards the end of the article, he states that Americans are stupid because they are embarrassed to be patriotic. This article is definitely not a reliable source. Navarrette wrote this article as if he was angry at everything, which is not the way a news article should be written. He makes points that show only his way of thinking, as mentioned with Alejandro Villanueva before. In regards to the First Amendment, there is nothing in relation to it. This article is almost completely opinion. “Too many Americans are stuck on stupid. They are embarrassed by patriotism, take freedom for granted, lack empathy, don’t listen to each other, think themselves superior, ascribe sinister motives, see everything in terms of race and can’t stop poisoning every aspect of society with politics.”
The author, Josh Hafner, seems to side with the players that have been protesting. In the article, it mentions five misconceptions about the protests. The first describes that President Trump is wrong when stating: “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race, it is about respect for our country, flag and national anthem.” The article then quotes Kaepernick, saying that he will not pride in a flag that oppresses people of color. Then he describes that protests aren’t aimed at the military and veterans support their protests. This section describes that a World War 2 veteran agrees. For the third misconception, Hafner simply states that players are not getting fined for protesting. Next, he shows that team owners aren’t firing any players for protesting. Finally, the article shows that ratings haven’t gone way down do to the protests. This source is somewhat reliable because it mostly states facts about the issue. The article doesn’t state any incorrect facts to make one side more appealing or diminish another. To determine if this source is useful for determining what our understanding of the First Amendment is, the source needs to talk or mention the First Amendment. This article simply debunks the misconceptions about the protests. “Trump, of course, isn’t among those kneeling, making his insights secondhand, at best. A better place to start would be with players like Colin Kaepernick. Did he think it had anything to with race?
Gregory Lee Johnson was being charged with a Texas law outlawing flag desecration for burning an American flag outside of Dallas City Hall. He did this to protest the Reagan Administration's policies. He was sentenced to one year in jail with a $2,000 fine. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction, and the case went to the Supreme Court. The question that needed to be answered was: “Is the desecration of an American flag, by burning or otherwise, a form of speech that is protected under the First Amendment?” In a 5-4 decision from Marshall, Brennan, Blackmun, Kennedy, and Scalia, that the burning of the flag was protected under the First Amendment. They determined that it had fallen under expressive conduct. Just because an audience takes offense to the ideas and actions, Lee has the right of Freedom of Speech. Both the Colin Kaepernick protest and Lee’s case raise of whether the desecration or disrespecting the American Flag is a right protected by the first amendment. Colin Kaepernick does have the right to say what he chooses, however he is completely disrespecting the Flag when kneeling for Anthem. Lee disrespected and desecrated the flag by burning the flag outside of Dallas City Hall.