Political Correctness

America’s Hypocritical Oath: Political Correctness

By on 6.24.14 | 3:55PM

In an interview with Playboy this week, Gary Oldman defended Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin for their “politically incorrect” diatribes. “We’re all f—ing hypocrites,” he argued, with good reason.

Though he did not do so eloquently, Oldman, a libertarian, is making an important point. Humans are a living paradox. “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function," as F. Scott Fitzgerald said.

We are imperfect, and more often than we’d like to admit, we are wrong. Yet, with the rise of the Information Age, things you say and do are more accessible and more public. Thus opportunities to trip over someone’s fragile sensibilities have increased exponentially.

Chronicle Editors Pander to Academic Lynch Mob, Fire Naomi Schaefer Riley

By on 5.8.12 | 1:24PM

What happens when you speak the unfortunate truth about one of the greatest scams in academia? Ask Naomi Schaefer Riley, a veteran journalist and author who has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, among many other accomplishments. For the past year, Riley has been a contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Brainstorm" blog. It was a minor duty for which she was paid a "nominal amount" to blog twice a week, Riley told me in a brief phone interview this morning.

First, They Came for Huckleberry Finn

By on 1.14.11 | 8:55AM

. . . and now they've come for the rock band Dire Straits, the third verse of whose 1985 No. 1 hit, "Money For Nothing" is now banned from Canadian radio for using what officials called an "extremely offensive" word. The Washington Times explains:

PayPal.com Targets Conservative Blog as ‘Hate’ Site

By on 6.12.10 | 9:17PM

Conservative blogger Pamela Geller says she has been threatened with discontinuation of her online payment account by PayPal, the most widely used service of its kind.

On her popular Web site, Atlas Shrugs, Geller posted the text of an e-mail notice she received Saturday morning from PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy Department.

"[A]fter a recent review of your account, it has been determined that you are currently in violation of PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy," the PayPal e-mail said. "Under the Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance or the financial exploitation of a crime."

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