Speech Is Tyranny!

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  1. KipEsquire says:

    I think you mean "Prop 8 supporters."

  2. Ken says:

    Right you are, Kip. Fixed. Thanks.

  3. KipEsquire says:

    Don't give in to my intimidation! ;-)

  4. Bob says:

    Damned Fact-Checking Terrorists.

  5. Mark Kernes says:

    And yet … I listen to conservative radio talkers on a fairly regular basis, and the amount of time each devotes to outright lies (which they present as factual) is incredible – so much so that I'll soon be taking a day and cataloging the full extent of such lies for that day. The study will bolster my thesis that since over-the-air programming is supposed to programmed "in the public interest," having commentators tell outright lies to their audiences as fact violates that directive, and that the FCC should enforce a "Factness Doctrine" forcing commentators to spend part of their shows correcting the lies they've previously told.

  6. Ken says:

    Well, Mark, I don't agree with the Fairness or Frankness Doctrine idea — I think the best remedy is response speech, like yours, pointing out the untruths.

  7. Linus says:

    the FCC should enforce a “Factness Doctrine” forcing commentators to spend part of their shows correcting the lies they’ve previously told.

    Nice, a governmental entity as the supreme arbiter of truth. Nothing could go wrong *cough* Jennifer Lynch *cough* with that.

  8. mbrandon8026 says:

    Wow, and I thought that Common Sense had become an oxymoron. That is about as clear and succinct as I have heard it put. Preach it brother.

  9. axxis says:

    Here's another one for you.

    Is is protected speech to call someone an idiot on the Internet on company time.

    The reason I ask this is because is was recently hit with a written reprimand on my personnel file at my worksite for doing this. I called my employer as a whole (who is a state government agency in the Eastern US – I won't tell where exactly) an idiot in a public message board on the Internet while I was on my afternoon break.

    The union wouldn't do anything about it. It's as though my right to express myself freely (but reasonably) is put in limbo every time I enter the front door of the worksite.

  10. Ken says:

    That's kind of unrelated to the post, axxis. But the short answer is (1) the First Amendment right doesn't give you the right to use the internet for personal use on company time, and (2) the right of public employees to criticize their employer is a complex issue under current law.

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