When Journalists Call For An End To Free Speech

November 30, 2020

I’ll grant it’s a stretch to call CNN’s Oliver Darcy a “journalist” (though I suppose he is by the standards of Tass or Pravda), but he does work for a major news organization and he, along with all too many of his colleagues, is not just open to restrictions on free speech on the Internet (and would it stop there?), but are actively calling for them.

Attorney Jonathan Turley, himself no conservative, takes Darcy to task in a post today labeled “And Why Stop There?” What’s disturbing is not just the likes of Darcy calling for free speech restrictions, but members of the US Goverment. As Turley relates:

What is chilling about Darcy’s writings is that they reflect the view of many now in Congress and in the Democratic Party. Indeed, they reflect many in the Biden campaign. Once a party that fought for free speech, it has become the party demanding Internet censorship and hate speech laws. President-Elect Joe Biden has called for speech controls and recently appointed a transition head for agency media issues that is one of the most pronounced anti-free speech figures in the United States. It is a trend that seems now to be find support in the media, which celebrated the speech of French President Emmanuel Macron before Congress where he called on the United States to follow the model of Europe on hate speech.

And Europe is not a model we should want to follow, no matter how much Progressives give in to their Europhilia. If you want to read a good book on the dangers to free speech in Europe, let me recommend Paul Coleman’s “Censored: how European ‘free speech’ laws are threatening freedom of speech.”

The assault on free speech from the Left in government, the media, and academia is a dangerous movement for our Republic. I’m with Mr. Turley:

So put me down as preferring free speech without the helpful guards and content modification. Instead, I hold a novel idea that people can reach their own conclusions on such … disinformation just as Darcy does.

In other words, I’ll think for myself, thank you.


November 18, 2014

This is a very interesting development. Turley is a leading liberal lawyer and a supporter of some form of national health care, but has also been a strong voice criticizing Obama’s unconstitutional usurpations. I still think seeking judicial refereeing of a political fight between the other two branches is a weak move, but I’ll be nonetheless interested to hear his arguments.


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