The End of Free Speech?
State Dept., many Democrats, and MSM no longer believe in the First Amendment
Not so long ago, most people would have been deeply confused by the characterization of a journalist as a “free speech advocate.” For the better part of two centuries in the United States, the American people understood the occupation of “journalist” to be inherently that of a free speech advocate.
Not so anymore. Now many—if not the majority—of journalists apparently see themselves as guardians of orthodoxy about a range of social and political issues. They no longer regard the press as a check and balance of state power, but as a protector of power invested in certain parties, interests, and ideologies.
Not only is the former Rolling Stone reporter, Matt Taibbi, a journalist in the traditional sense of the occupation, he has also become our nation’s foremost advocate of free speech.
About a month ago he had an extraordinary conversation with Jan Jekielek at the Epoch Times in which he expressed his perplexity about leading members of the Democratic Party and many journalists apparently being perfectly comfortable with discarding the First Amendment.
Mr. Taibbi and I are exactly the same age and we both spent much of our adult lives living abroad, which may have given us both a greater appreciation of the U.S. Constitution.
Like him, I am dumbfounded that so many people and institutions in the public forum no longer seem to understand our care about free speech—the keystone of a liberal democracy, without which tyranny is almost certain to follow. I strongly recommend listing to this interview.
One of our country’s most important freedoms is that of free speech.
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