free speech

Big tech on trial

Daniel Oliver, Washington Examiner

In current antitrust law, a small degree of market power (which is not the same as monopoly power) is very common and understood not to warrant antitrust intervention. But even a trivial skewing of the marketplace of ideas by one of the giant tech information companies could have made the difference between “President Trump” and “President Clinton.” It’s time to revisit antitrust law. People who believe in competition, especially in the marketplace of ideas, shouldn’t let tech CEOs stop the clock there. Like Oliver Wendell Holmes (who switched his opinion on free speech rights in the landmark case of Abrams v. United States), we should be willing to change our minds.

The Only Media The Left Can’t Control

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
The news that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has decided “his” platform will not accept political advertising for the 2020 election cycle may be the final signal to conservatives that the internet is no longer a space where liberty reigns supreme, but there is one media that the Left doesn't control and can't censor.

Twitter Tilts 2020 With an Ad Ban

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has announced that his platform will no longer accept political advertising. He thinks being able to buy advertising is an unfair and undemocratic advantage: "While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions." In the final analysis, this is all about what Jack Dorsey and his leadership at Twitter want: control of their public conversation and the ability to decide what is and is not acceptable. Advertising diminishes that power. So advertising must go.

The NBA Grovels to China

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

China is a huge and lucrative market for the NBA. If business means turning your back on freedom while defending one of the most brutally repressive regimes in human history — so be it. Meanwhile, nobody's found Colin Kaepernick saying anything about China's grip on the NBA. The man with the Nike sneaker-selling slogan of "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." is silent while Nike orders the removal of all the Houston Rockets merchandise from their stories in China. Apparently, America is still the most horrible country in the world that was founded on racism, slavery and genocide.

Censorious Chinese talk the language of US campus liberals, hopefully horrifying them

Editors, Washington Examiner

The censorious arguments from Beijing’s defenders sound like they could come from campus leftists or appear on the pages of America's liberals magazines. But the American Left is no warmer to China's strong-arm efforts than is the American Right. American liberals who cheered the political activism of NBA celebrities are now audibly lamenting their silence. There's plenty of reason to worry that parts of the American Left are abandoning the principles of pluralism, tolerance, and free speech. Here's hoping that some censorious intolerance from China is stirring up these old principles and putting the liber- back into American liberals.

Liberals Hate Free Speech When We Presume To Use It

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The liberal elite never really believed in free speech, at least not for you. It was always a pose. And now that you are able to effectively exercise that right, they are livid we peasants point out our national leadership's failures. So, don’t be like the David Frenchs of the world, always ascribing pure motives to the bad guys and being all “Oh well I never!” when we Normals fight back against the oppression the ruling caste heaps upon us. Get woke. Understand our enemy. Understand its objectives. Understand that in its hive mind, you have no rights, only the obligation to conform and obey the liberal elite.

The Self-Congratulation in Banned Books Week

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

"We work to never allow content with hate speech in our stores, and in cases when something slips through, we take quick and resolute action to remove it." The American Library Association has a new list of Top 10 Most Challenged Books in libraries. Troublemakers with time on their hands could have fun compiling a list of books that libraries choose not to stock due to controversial content. We could host a splashy celebration of Books Librarians Hate Week. They should acknowledge that some noxious books and ideas are worth protesting or ignoring. But you cannot celebrate free speech except for that which you want to ban.

University Of Florida Agrees To Stop Discriminating Against Young Americans For Freedom

The YAF chapter at UF agreed to settle its lawsuit against the university in exchange for eliminating the policies that prohibited the group from receiving speaker fees to bring in conservative speakers and $66,000 in damages and attorney fees. “...we hope it makes both students and administrators think about the value that free speech (whether we agree with it or not) brings to society..." said YAF student leader Sarah Long.

Humorless Liberals Pan Trump Appearance At Faith And Freedom Coalition

Democrats are increasingly hostile to pro-life Americans, supporting abortion and infanticide and doing their upmost to drive Christian believers from the public square. And joking about the Johnson Amendment aside, that’s the bedrock reason for Donald Trump’s popularity among Evangelicals that no Democrat has a prayer to change.

SCOTUS Renders Sort Of Victory For Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court on Monday lifted an order punishing a Christian baker in Oregon who refused to produce a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, telling a lower court to reconsider the dispute in light of the 2018 Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, but the SCOTUS failed to address the larger constitutional issues raised in the case. The case is No. 18-547 Klein v. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

CAP Leaders: Higher Education Reauthorization Must Treat All Schools & Students Equally

With college campuses becoming increasingly intolerant to ideas and debate, it is more important than ever that federal policy allow diversity of views to flourish. As the HEA moves forward, conservatives urge congressional Republicans to stand firm on principles of equal treatment and fairness for all students, and all schools.

Time For Conservatives To Get Ruthless Fighting For Free Speech

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Make them provide a full and fair process regarding suspensions and expulsions, including a complete and clear report on exactly what acts underlie the punitive action as well as an appeal process and a requirement that similar acts be dealt with similarly – we’ve all seen libs do whatever they want while a conservative gets sent to Twitmo for nothing. And we should be able to enforce it via lawsuits with attorney’s fees for prevailing plaintiffs and the ability to get an injunction. As a lawyer, I can tell you that’s going to modify their behavior significantly. Or they could choose to stop screwing with us. Either way.

Stop The Nomination of Far Left Attorney Michael Bogren For Federal District Judge

Michael Bogren wants to overturn the most important religious liberty case of recent years -- the Masterpiece Cake Shop decision -- and impose the homosexual and transgender agenda on believers. Please call Senator Josh Hawley’s office (the toll-free Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to thank him for standing for religious liberty and to urge him to put an indefinite hold on the Michael Bogren nomination.

The most important 44 words in the Constitution

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The First Amendment to the Constitution, the most important 44 words in that priceless and precious promise of liberty and freedom, does not guarantee civil, wise or even responsible speech. It guarantees free speech, however goofy, dumb or even irresponsible. Guarding against the encroachment of good intentions is a full-time job. We all know where the road paved with good intentions leads. The Trump administration declined to sign the Christchurch Call, and we should all be grateful he did, but he can expect practiced outrage from the usual quarters, although the United States never signs such things.

Don’t Let Zuckerberg Kill Free Speech

Betsy McCaughey, The American Spectator

The fact is internet platforms are more than just private companies. They’ve become like public utilities. We are just as dependent on Facebook and Google as on the local electric company. ConEdison can’t deny us service because of our political views. Facebook shouldn’t be allowed to either. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others, though private sector companies — are the new public square. The biggest threat to a legitimate outcome in 2020 is not foreign interference. It’s left-leaning social media giants tilting the election by silencing viewpoints they don’t like. It’s already happening.

Brian Lamb Retires: How C-SPAN Started the Revolution Against TV’s Liberal Gatekeepers

By Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
Brian Lamb’s idea that, “We’re better off listening to everyone, no matter what they say, rather than us being the gatekeeper,” looks even more revolutionary today, in the era of social media censorship of conservatives, than it did in 1979 when he started C-SPAN.

Trump’s Intersectional Weekend

While we don’t buy the idea that all of society is controlled by oppressive intersectional institutions, the Trump team has, from the beginning of his unlikely rise to the Oval Office, recognized that the key elements of a winning political coalition on the Right do intersect, and their nexus is constitutional liberty, especially as protected by the First and Second Amendments.

The Real Leaders Of The Democrats Want To Shut You Up

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

This “criticizing me puts me at risk” ploy is imported from colleges where SJWs literally shake at the threat posed by ideas they dislike. The answer is, of course, for us to exponentially increase the criticism they object to. Unlike the terrified Democrats who see these knuckleheads ruining the 2020 ruse by spilling the beans and telling everyone what the party really thinks, we will continue to say whatever we please. We’ll roll the dice and take the risk.  We won’t shut up no matter how many Periscopes these dizzy divas do.

The State of Free Speech in Europe and the Future of America

European policymakers have failed to recognize that the best way to combat totalitarian and racist ideologies, such as Nazism, and the spread of their ideas, is to let them speak freely and to disprove them in the court of public opinion. The lesson for America is: Don’t adopt totalitarian laws in an effort to stop totalitarianism.