Prominent US extremists, nationalists, and stooges outraged at being accurately described as such. pic.twitter.com/ru2uAPREcH— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) January 22, 2021
“Besides if we made laws against misleading speech, maybe calling it fake news or something, it’s not like a place like America would ever wind up with fascists in power who would weaponize that.”— RiddanceHat (@Popehat) January 22, 2021
One more reason I'm glad I'm not "important enough" to pay attention to.
I guarantee you that the first target of the "Stop Facebook Inciting Violence Act" will be some little blog. Won't even be BLM, lefty, or whatever. It'll be the Toyota Yaris User dot com or a Care Bears fan site. Just wherever there is drama, a rich butthurt guy and the law.— Rob Beschizza (@Beschizza) January 22, 2021
Fascist: Stop fake news. Media is the enemy of the people. Tighten up libel laws. Jail flag burners. Regulate or shut down sites that moderate in ways I don’t like.— RiddanceHat (@Popehat) January 22, 2021
Super-Geniuses: Wow, we should put some limits on free speech so we don’t get a guy like that again.
Worked on a case where a guy gave a newspaper information about a Mountie having a profile on a BDSM website in uniform (and possibly committing sexual assault). A different police department got a warrant to investigate "criminal defamation" and absolutely tore his place up.— Ollie McClellan (@OllieMcClellan) January 22, 2021
The fascists can't censor us if non-fascists do it first. pic.twitter.com/6mX1PBA6S2— News Words (@NewsWords5) January 22, 2021
BREAKING: Texas Supreme Court REJECTS, without comment, appeals by Alex Jones and InfoWars, upholding lower-court rulings that allowed defamation lawsuits to proceed by parents of children killed at Sandy Hook AND guy misidentified as Parkland school shooter.— Chuck Lindell (@chucklindell) January 22, 2021
“First Amendment worship” is a bizarre way to describe the clearly accurate observation that legislation would be unconstitutional. https://t.co/uzgdbyv4mF— Julian Sanchez (@normative) January 22, 2021
Feeling dumb because I didn’t anticipate the predictable-in-retrospect surge in appetite for poorly thought out censorship laws.— RiddanceHat (@Popehat) January 22, 2021
I don't claim to be the leading expert, but I've done a lot of historical work on the Fairness Doctrine. Here's a thread in case it's useful: https://t.co/wREo0AA8Cj— Victor Pickard (@VWPickard) January 22, 2021
Ed. note: I remember having those lyrics explained to me in 6th grade. Allegedly it had the word "fuck" in it. First time I'd heard that word. It was years later before I found out what it meant. Such was childhood when we freely roamed the streets of small town suburbia, gangs of little white boys in crew cuts with cuffed up blue jeans, white socks, and sneakers.
or go back & read former CBS president Fred Friendly’s 1975 book (The Good Guys, the Bad Guys & the First Amendment) re: abuses of the Fairness Doctrine during both Republican & Democratic administrations. This stuff from Kennedy years, which I summarized in old book, is shocking pic.twitter.com/cByFb1iTq9— Adam Thierer (@AdamThierer) June 7, 2019
and then there was the "golden era" of broadcast regulation under Nixon, where regulatory harassment intensified to counter what had happened during Democratic administrations. See this 2007 @notjessewalker essay: https://t.co/ApEexwYfrG Snipped passage below is amazing. pic.twitter.com/KDmhKRV9lx— Adam Thierer (@AdamThierer) June 7, 2019
Ed. further note: I don't have a dog in this fight, so much as I think the conversation is a good thing. So, with Bernie as my new avatar:
Elie -- and I know this will shock you -- phrases this deliberately provocatively, but the way I'd say it is "extremist speech can be countered by private individuals' and companies' exercise of free speech and free association, not government censorship."https://t.co/2Th5SXpWDc— RiddanceHat (@Popehat) January 22, 2021
*I think of Twitter as a series of guitar improvisations on-stage during a live concert in a football stadium. I.e., the kind of noise the crowd reacts to.
I don't know about you, but this is the winner for me. pic.twitter.com/4e3B0N60N1— Dan Chibnall 🖐🏻 🧼 😷 (@bookowl) January 21, 2021
God save us from “something has to be done.”— RiddanceHat (@Popehat) January 22, 2021