Free Speech

Screaming for Tolerance Makes It Awfully Hard to Hear

By on 5.16.14 | 3:39PM

It's funny how screaming for tolerance makes it hard to hear anyone else's point of view. So often the most ostentatiously "open-minded" maintain their narrow view of tolerance by saying the opposing view is out of style, out of season, or simply out of date.

The global climate change debate has, pardon the expression, been heating up. The Daily Caller reported that Professor Lawrence Torcello of RIT wants to eliminate dissent by criminalizing "denial" of global warming.

The Left’s War Over #CancelColbert, And Mine

By on 3.29.14 | 5:51PM

Yesterday, I weighed in on the controversy surrounding comedian Stephen Colbert, who is under fire over a tweet many have suggested was insensitive to Asians. I particularly singled out fellow conservative blogger Michelle Malkin--who, let me say again, is not only brilliant, but a personal inspiration--for her support of a wrongheaded Twitter protest against Colbert which is using the hashtag #CancelColbert. In my post, I explained why it is a bad idea to push for those whose speech we find disagreeable to lose their jobs. Judging from the comments, some of you missed the point. And like Malkin, you are, well, wrong.

The comments of one reader, who posted under the name Lockstein13, are a pretty good encapsulation of the arguments against me. He wrote:

Writer’s Bloc

By on 1.14.14 | 5:37PM

If you can't trust the Russian government, who can you trust? This must be the question running through the mind of David Satter, a longtime journalist who now posesses the dubious and unfortunate distinction of being the first American scribe denied entry to the land of nesting dolls and Ivan Drago since the fall of the Soviet Union. The journalist has been barred from visiting Russia for at least the next five years.

Hating free speech is a McCain family tradition

By on 10.5.11 | 10:28AM

Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, actually hired a lawyer to send a "cease and desist letter" to a blogger who had written (fairly obvious) parodies of her. And lo, this is the response she elicited from Christopher Scott Badeaux, an attorney representing the satirist (click through and read every word. It is the letter every wannabe attorney dreams of writing):

Of course, you also have no recourse against my client individually, as his actions were clearly a parody of your client, a well-known public political figure. This activity is protected by the First Amendment from state law suits, including false light invasion of privacy. See generally, Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988), which is of course directly on point here. ...

My client will not be bullied out of exercising his First Amendment right to make clear his belief that your client is a spoiled, brainless twit who is cheapening the political discourse in this country.

Liberals Finally Cheer for Free Speech for Corporations

By on 6.28.11 | 2:45PM

Video games are part of protected speech under the First Amendment according to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, but the best part is that it doesn't seem to be drawing the same sort of criticism and hyperbole as the Citizens United ruling. And why not? After all, video games are produced by corporations. Julian Sanchez makes a fantastic point:

Special Report

CBS Double Standard: Network and Church Battle Over Ads

By 2.2.10

United Church of Christ attacks liberal network for "arbitrary" banning of church ad: Tebow at issue.

Google’s Hard Line on Free Speech Violations in China

By on 1.12.10 | 5:51PM

Today Google announced on its blog that it had been the target of a China-based cyberattack in mid-December. David Drummond, a senior vice president of the firm, wrote the hackers succeeded in stealing some intellectual property seemed to be aimed at accessing the GMail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. The unwritten assertion is that the Chinese government backed the attack in some way. Google is responding by refusing to continue censoring search results in China and preparing to cease operations in China entirely if necessary to maintain that policy:

At Large

Insult to Injury

By 9.9.09

Speech laws are leaving European prosecutors tongue-tied.

Another Perspective

The Ordinary American

By 5.7.09

Joe the Plumber versus the elite consensus that would shut him up.

The Pursuit of Knowledge

Free Speech in Europe

By From the May 2009 issue

It is at risk, especially for critics of radical Islam.

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