Friday, August 11, 2017
#FreeSpeech in the News: August 14, 2017
As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week.
“For the worst thing about the Trump presidency is that its failure risks opening the door for the equal and opposite but much more ruthless populism of the left.”
The biggest threat to free speech? It’s the left, Boston Globe
“There is almost always a but or however or some other qualifier in these kinds of statements. The censors start by praising free and open discussion, then clarify that they do not support free and open discussion.”
‘We Support Free Speech, But…’, National Review
“Zummer was suspended without pay last September after he sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt about his investigation of a former Louisiana district attorney accused of trading sex for leniency.”
Lawsuit accuses FBI of violating agent’s free speech rights, The Washington Post
"It would send the First Amendment deep into uncharted waters" if US District Judge Naomi Buchwald intervened to make the president un-block people on the privately run social-media plaform."
Feds unwilling to make Trump un-block foe's Twitter accounts, New York Post
"The show of strength was about 'allegiance ... to the Constitution,' particularly the First Amendment, said Christian Yingling, leader of the Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia. He said he and his troops 'convoyed in' to Charlottesville early Saturday to defend free speech by maintaining civic order so everyone present could voice an opinion regardless of their views."
"Making any type of speech illegal would in itself destroy the First Amendment, which contrary to the claims of some washed up politicians, contains no exception for hate speech. Nor should it."
Liberals need to stop messing with the First Amendment, Washington Examiner
"When it comes to protecting the speech of people who are most vulnerable to being intimidated into silence -- like people of color and gay people -- conservatives either are suspiciouly quite or drive further intimidation with wildly negative news coverage."
The 'Free Speech' Hypocrisy of the Right-Wing Media, The New York Times