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Is Our Free Speech Under Fire?


“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -United States Constitution, First Amendment

Considering that we have the right to express our opinions as protected by the First Amendment. With the recent firing of Juan Williams from National Public Radio as a senior news analyst because of his remarks on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. Here is the remark he made on Monday’s broadcast that would seal his fate with NPR:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” – Juan Williams

So you’re telling me Williams gets canned because a comment of Muslims on the same broadcast that Bill O’Reilly discussed his appearanceĀ  on ABC’s The View regarding the same topic which gets co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar upset and walk off the stage? Here is a backtrack to that broadcast:

Are you serious? We want to express our opinions on those who were the ultimate cause of the terrorist attacks on American soil on September 11, 2o01, and someone gets offended and walks off because you don’t like what you’re hearing is pretty much the truth, with perhaps some factual discrepencies? Who do you want to blame for 9/11? You want to blame it on Howard Stern?

It is really strange when only a month ago Rick Sanchez was canned from CNN because of a comment targeted at Comedy Central’s The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, calling him a bigot after a recent TDS show with a Stewart comment that “Jews run the media”, which was meant to be a joke. Should Sanchez have been fired? Perhaps. For exercising his First Amendment rights by attacking someone? Definitely not. O’Reilly and FOX News colleague Glenn Beck do it on a regular basis – O’Reilly attacks on mainly every issue while Beck targets those who boycott his show, like Media Matters For America, who recently received a $1 million donation for that European pro-socialism fascist George Soros. You obviously haven’t seen it, have you? I have a lengthy two-part set of videos regarding Soros and his relationship with the Tides Foundation, a hate propaganda-spewing organization, which involves a new program trying to brainwash the youth of the American church with the “It’s OK To Have Stuff” curriculum:

If our youth are being brainwashed by a socialist-leaning fascist, then our future generations are definitely screwed.

But back to the topic at hand: Juan Williams and Rick Sanchez got canned from their jobs. However, FOX News gave Williams a contract almost immediately when they heard of his firing from NPR.

In the recent broadcast of CNN’s Larry King Live, while promoting the Rally To Restore Sanity event with Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert, Stewart commented on Rick Sanchez and CNN’s business practices, defending that they went too far with firing Sanchez when they knowingly notice that his show attacks the network on a regular basis. This is the video clip from that broadcast:

Do you certainly think that free speech is seriously under fire? I urge and encourage you to comment.

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One thought on “Is Our Free Speech Under Fire?

  1. “Do you certainly think that free speech is seriously under fire? I urge and encourage you to comment.”

    No.

    These are private organizations that are choosing to hire or fire people based on their stated opinions. Sanchez and Williams still have free speech, but CNN and NPR choose not to be associated with it. You can disagree with those choices, but they have the right to do it and the two gentlemen in question still have their rights.

    Posted by NotAScientist | October 28, 2010, 2:27 am

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