Newspaper Censorship in America: Is this Celebrated Advice Columnist a Criminal?

Newspaper Censorship in America: Is this Celebrated Advice Columnist a Criminal?


Okay, free speech pop quiz: can the
government throw Dear Abby in jail? Or ban Doctor Phil from TV just for
giving advice? If you said no, congrats, you understand the
First Amendment. But if you said yes, then you might be
the Kentucky Attorney General. Here’s the deal. John Rosemond is a North
Carolina family psychologist, the author 18 books and since 1976 he has written a popular advice column
on parenting that is now syndicated in over two hundred newspapers. Okay, cue sinister
music. May 2013 the Kentucky Attorney General sent John
a letter ordering him to stop publishing his column in
Kentucky or face fines and even jail. So what did John write in
the world’s freest press that got him censored? Brace yourselves.
John told some parents to take away their slacker sons cell phone till he
shapes up. John also truthfully called himself a
family psychologist in the tag line in his column. So what’s
going on here? How can Kentucky possibly believe it can censor a newspaper column? The problem is
government licensing boards. They’re the new censors, they don’t believe
the First Amendment applies to them and they’re going after people just like
John all across the country. In John’s case, the Kentucky Attorney
General is doing the dirty work of the state psychologist board. The board
thinks that John’s advice column is the unlicensed practice of psychology
because he answers personal questions from readers. Licensing boards don’t
think that one-on-one advice is speech. They think it’s conduct, like filling
cavities or installing pipes. Because the government doesn’t think
that advice is speech, it’s willing to do something absolutely crazy like ignore the First
Amendment and ban a nationally syndicated newspaper column. What’s next Kentucky? Hard labor for
Doctor Oz? Treating advice like it isn’t speech has
drastic implications. Let me demonstrate with a beautiful baby.
Sometimes he’s fussy at night. Hm, well I’m a dad and it sounds to me
like he’s a gassy little guy. you should try some Gripe Water and
fennel. And then just pump his chubby little legs like he’s riding a bicycle. Okay, thanks! You bet, happy to help. You just witnessed
a crime. Sound far-fetched? In 2012 the North Carolina nutritionist
board came down on caveman blogger Steve Cooksey for helping people follow the paleo
diet over the Internet. Censoring advice is unconstitutional
because advice is speech protected by the First Amendment. That’s what John and the Institute for
Justice have gone to federal court to give Kentucky a little piece of
advice. Americans don’t tolerate censorship. %uh %uh

77 thoughts on “Newspaper Censorship in America: Is this Celebrated Advice Columnist a Criminal?

  1. He's not a licensed psychologist in Kentucky. He's using the title "psychologist" while giving people psychological advice in the state of Kentucky. I don't know anything about the law but that sounds illegal to me. If not, it should be.

  2. Thank you IJ! Much love for you guys.

    Jack Conway, our Kentucky Attorney General, is a jerk, but he does have salon quality hair. We need to get him out of office but on the plus side, we elected Rand Paul to the US Senate instead of the Con Man, so at least he didn't climb the political ladder any farther. We need to send him packing.

  3. I got this as an ad. i looked it up becauseit appealed to me with the halo and the memes and the young stuff

  4. That is probably the "reason" the board stepped in: because people who would need therapy sessions would simply write him instead. I think in this case it is bullshit to step in because he clearly is a columnist first and gives advice within that context.

  5. I've never seen any doctor or lawyer of any kind give advice publicly without saying something along the lines of "make an appointment with a local _____" so I don't think there's any real good excuse.

  6. Great job keeping people's attention with rapid-fire illustrations. I know a lot of people would have tuned out if they weren't entertained constantly.

  7. I was coming here to complain about how dumbed down this video was and to tell them to never to do it again. My friends are 20-40, probably 32 is the median, and I'd be embarrassed to share this with them.

  8. By the way, I hate licensing and certification laws, but this video misrepresents the basis for the case: he calls himself a psychologist, but according to KY his Master's is insufficient for that. I'm not saying that's right or good (it isn't) but that's a far cry from the guy in this video giving flatulent baby advice and calling it a crime–he never claims to be a pediatrician when he gives the advice. People give baby advice all the time, but very few people claim to be pediatricians.

  9. I feel like this about the 2nd amendment. I can have a weapon, its my right! And dont say its Kentuky, its just the people in power

  10. Incorrect. Kentucky accused him not only of illegally using the title "psychologist" but also practicing psychology in Kentucky without a license based on his syndicated advice column (as noted in the video starting at 1:22). It will be interesting to see whether the state holds to that position — in which case it should send be sending similar letters to people like Dr. Phil — or punks out and claims it was all a misunderstanding now that Rosemond has lawyered up.

  11. Hmmmm, I guess it is ok to call myself a doctor (free speech) and perform medical procedures on consensual people (freedom of expression).

    Notice the main reason Kentucky is "censoring" him is buried. Makes for a much less anger inducing story once all the facts are in place. But what are facts when you are preaching to the libertarian choir….the "injustice anger" is pre-built into their audience.

  12. The only thing I have to disagree with here is where at the end he says "Americans don't tolerate censorship"…

    I'm sorry to say but they have been tolerating it for a very long time!

  13. I don't care if he calls himself a psychologist or the man in the moon, why on earth should anyone have to be licensed to give advice. Licensing laws are mostly to keep out competition are generally useless with that exception. The Institute for Justice is one of the best organizations in fighting for the rights of people to earn a living in spite of ridiculous regulations.

  14. I highly doubt that the state of California is going to start prosecuting people on TV…they know where their bread is buttered.

  15. Same thing happened to a retired vet who would give animal health advice over email in Texas. Licensing has always been stupid and a mere means of limiting competition and driving prices higher.

  16. I enjoyed the video, but I would like to get the other side, rather than them telling me what they said. People can lie, and it's hard to tell if they are through video.

  17. I prefer my doctors unlicensed, too. Licensing does not protect the public. Or else the combination of hospital and doctor error along with pharmaceuticals used as prescribed would not be the #1 KILLER of human beings. And nobody would ever get sold swampland in Florida.

  18. Sock it to them good. KY attorney general Jack Conway is an idiot, which he thoroughly demonstrated during his failed senate run. Feel free to get in some Aqua Buddha jabs on him as well.

  19. Dude me too, this shit is crazy. Kentucky's a great place, now people are going to dis Kentucky. Y'all, please don't blame Kentucky.

  20. 1. as a 'youngster' this is the most condescending straw man argument I've ever seen. Right or wrong how you get your message across is ineffective.

    2. being a 'youngster' I did a simple google search. looks like he's not actually certified as a Psychologist in Kentucky where the Cease and Desist order is coming from.

    Then again I may be to awe inspired by your harry potter, star wars, and meme clips to figure that one out! lol lmao 🙂 etc etc.

  21. A death threat is a death threat no matter where it's from. You might want to make sure they don't care enough to track your IP address and prosecute you.

  22. I loathe licensing boards, however, the attorney in this vid should know that if he gives someone legal advice and they act on it without him saying 'consult your own attorney, this is not legal advice' he can be sued if the advice was bad (and will lose). If they put a disclaimer in the column saying 'this does not substitute for therapy and is merely non-professional advice' then it would not run afoul of the licensing boards. Until they are gone, you gotta play their game sadly.

  23. If advice is censored in this manner then what about political hack columnists like Charles Blow, or pseudo-economists like Paul Krugman? Will they be allowed to advise economics boards or politicians via their columns?

  24. "Americans do not tolerate censorship"

    I guess he hasn't read the First Amendment Center poll for 2013. A sad state of affairs. From Page 4:

    "In 2013, 34% state that the First Amendment goes too far and 64% say it does not go too far in protecting freedom. It is important to note that this survey was conducted in May, shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing."

    firstamendmentcenter dot .org/madison/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/SOFA-2013-final-report.pdf

  25. this has nothing to do with a psychologist writing a column in the newspaper, except for the fact that the Dr. in question has identified himself as a conservative politically. Jack Conway, KY AG is a democrat hack. he got his butt kicked by Rand Paul when they both ran for the Senate. he is just continuing the effort by the "big tent" party to silence anyone who disagrees with their politics.

  26. How about we require a license in order to hold public office? You know, be able to name 5 people who signed the constitution.. define at will any 3 of amendments.. name the 3 branches of gov't, etc… that way we won't people like Pelosi, Reid or Obama serving.

  27. The order in Kentucky wants any advice columns printed in Kentucky to get their columnists to re-apply for their licensed degrees in Kentucky. This isn't stupid to you?

    Anyone reading your post in Kentucky should know you're not licensed there, and you should have been censored from giving such an opinion, right?

    Herein Colorado I can probably read your comment… oddly the internet is the same in all states. Any plans to fix that?

  28. If you get a DEGREE in medicine, you should be allowed to dispense advice stating (correctly) you have a degree without having to get your license approved in every state where someone might see your advice.

    Why should 49 states censor any advice you may give? Because you didn't get their state's licensing before posting something on the internet, or in a newspaper?

    He IS a LICENSED family therapist, with a degree. Just not in that state. Any other facts you want to get wrong?

  29. "From 1971-1979, he worked as a psychologist in Illinois and North Carolina and directed several mental-health programs for children.

    From 1980-1990. John was in full-time practice as a family psychologist with Piedmont Psychological Associates in Gastonia."

    He calls himself a psychologist because he worked for 20 years as a psychologist. What else should he call himself?

  30. He's in a NATIONALLY SYNDICATED column. Should he be forced to take 50 tests for all 50 states before he can do that? Hey, that'll only take 20 years of your life to study and take every separate test for every state.

    No columnist would quit writing for 20 years to take tests.. so you're basically banning all nationally syndicated advice columnists.

    He's using the title Psychologist because he worked 20 years in Illinois as a Psychologist. That's his title.

  31. Just 3 Amendments?? My 12 year old could do that. Name at least the first 10. Then if you ever EVER violate one you must step down immediately. NDAA anyone?

  32. I'm advising Obama to quit his job and take Holder, the supreme court and congress with him! Take me awaaaayyyyy….. lol

  33. If politicians have a license to lie otherwise called freedom of speech, and if the health food stores have a license to use false advertising, called freedom of speech, then I think the law in KY should be challenged as unconstitutional.

  34. All gov't licensing is a scam ran by the regulators to part those with what they have worked for and give it to themselves. Think about it, why does anyone who operates daily under one of these licenses need to renew said license when the task being completed is the same or when they continually update themselves through classes and other training just doing their job? There is no reason other than to charge a fee and give inspectors the right to intrude your private home or office.

  35. It is Kentucky this state is over run with Leftist in state government from the Governor on down. Has been this way for decades with few breaks. Advice to folks if your thinking of moving to KY DON'T… I'm trying to get the hell out of this state.

  36. Boards.

    Committees.

    Courts.

    Not a single word about due process or rights – not a single one, in ANY of the controls that are or are being put into place in every single state from medicine to communication.

    When are we, the people, going to finally stop watching TV and start getting together in every single community in America?

  37. any one try to send a Letter To The Editor about any of the 100s of Goverment atrocities they commit was it posted?.
    only Pro Gov,t letters allowed here
    i sent a letter about how all the assualt weapon ban BS was a agenda because no assault weapon was used at sandyhook school as stated in the begining by the 1st responders
    they replyed and told me i need it confirm this, and i should contact the NRA state police etc.(several news networks confirmed the truth long ago)

  38. Even if I disagree with someone like the KKK…I believe in protecting their freedom of speech. I can't believe Kentucky is that stupid to try and censor things. Welcome to the Socialist States of America…crazy!

  39. The only political arguments here are in your own heads.

    In Steve's case, there is no politics involved at all. It is protection of money. Power.

  40. LOL. Massive surveillance of an entire nation, secret courts, secret laws, secret judges, secret interpretation of laws, secret list, secret hearings, secret police, secret prisons, militarization of local police forces, the largest prison population on earth, the hording of billions of rounds of ammo, internal spy drones, TSA deployed onto the streets, propaganda media, eugenics programs, endless wars, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc…And now Americans are concerned about Government Minders?

  41. Year 2042: Individual's farts will be taxed according to new Carbon Tax Regulations. Beans will be taxed an additional $2.00 a pound as a Carbon Credit in order to offset methane production. Government to form a new department that will approve and regulate the sale of devices that will be required by law to be attached to an individual's anal sphincter the moment the beans are purchased (and everyone else in the household) up to 48 hours after the last bean has been removed from the government approved and regulated container into a government approved and regulated casserole. Guests will have to use disposable/temporary flatulence devices upon visiting these homes while the beans have not been yet consumed. Insertion of these devices must be performed by a government approved proctologist at an approved supermarket with care services which will include lubricants, suppositories and evacuation medication to ensure proper anus fitting technique. Exception to this rule includes pets, those older than 92 years of age, newborns up to 3 days old and anyone wearing a properly fitted, permanently attached, legally complying and federally approved rectal device of a previous generation.

  42. can't write an article in the newspaper, government setting prices, police arresting firefighters and emts, licensing EVERYTHING, civil asset forfeiture, people not knowing public property from private, arresting citizens because police do not get what they want, make people believe a commercial airliner can bring down towers.

    Welcome to the Land of the FREE

  43. No problems with Rosemond's column in that he is tapping into a faux conservative market (good for him). Would just feel better if he got FULL CREDIT for his work including several disciplinary actions against him for misrepresenting his credentials. Buyer beware!

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