It is so intertesting to notice the definition of free speech to modern leftists: liberal free speech is the only free speech protected under the constitution, and allowable under all circumstances. A couple of recent examples highlight this point.
Katie Couric’s staff at the CBS Evening News nearly revolted over a segment involving Brian Rohrbough who addressed the removal of all spirituality from the public schools. It’s hilarious to note that the staff was objecting to Mr. Rohrbough’s words that were expressed in Katie’s new “free speech” segment. The producer of the Evening News described the concerns as “protests” against the words and views expressed by Mr. Rohrbough. At least Katie permitted the words to be spoken, but the entire episode reflects on the liberal media and their very narrow definition of free speech.
Peggy Noonan has an extensive piece in the Wall Street Journal detailing many recent examples of liberal intolerance of free speech.
Soon after, at Madison Square Garden, Barbra Streisand, began her latest farewell tour with what friends who were there tell me was a moving, beautiful concert. She was in great form and brought the audience together in appreciation of her great ballads, which are part of the aural tapestry of our lives. And then . . . the moment. Suddenly she decided to bang away on politics. Fine, she’s a Democrat, Bush is bad. But midway through the bangaway a man in the audience called out. Most could not hear him, but everyone seems to agree he at least said, “What is this, a fund-raiser?”
At this, Ms. Streisand became enraged, stormed the stage and pummeled herself. Wait, that was Columbia. Actually she became enraged and cursed the man. A friend who was there, a liberal Democrat, said what was most interesting was Ms. Streisand made a physical movement with her arms and hands–”those talon hands”–as if to say, See what I have to put up with when I attempt to educate the masses? She soon apologized, to her credit. Though apparently in the manner of a teacher who’d just kind of lost it with an unruly and ignorant student.
On “The View” a few days earlier it was Rosie O’Donnell. She was banging away on gun control. Guns are bad and should be banned. Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who plays the role of the young, attractive mom, tentatively responded. “I want to be fair,” she said. Obviously there should be “restrictions,” but women have a right to defend themselves, and there’s “the right to bear arms” in the Constitution. Rosie accused Elizabeth of yelling. The panel, surprised, agreed that Elizabeth was not yelling. Rosie then went blank-faced with what someone must have told her along the way is legitimately felt rage. Elizabeth was not bowing to Rosie’s views. Elizabeth needed to be educated. The education commenced, Rosie gesturing broadly and Elizabeth constricting herself as if she knew physical assault were a possibility. When Rosie gets going on the Second Amendment I always think, Oh I hope she’s not armed! Actually I wonder what Freud would have made of an enraged woman obsessed with gun control. Ach, classic projection. Eef she had a gun she would kill. Therefore no one must haf guns.
There’s a pattern here, isn’t there?
These modern liberals have no class, no tolerance, and love the sound of strident, off-key voices like Cindy Sheehan. While the preach tolerance and free speech, the so obviously practice hate, intolerance, make strong attempts to stamp out conservative free speech.