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Studeo
12th July 2010, 23:05
Free speech in Barack Obama's America: Whatever you say, say nothing

Journalists are being fired for saying what they think while politicians on the Left and Right are being allowed to get away without being questioned, laments Toby Harnden.

Published: 2:00PM BST 10 Jul 2010

Octavia Nasr, senior editor of Middle East affairs at CNN, is leaving the US television news network after praising the late Shiite cleric Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah on Twitter Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Freedom of speech may be part of the United States Constitution but perhaps the First Amendment that enshrines it could do with a caveat or two being added.

Congress may make no law "abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press", the Bill of Rights lays down. That still holds true but, increasingly, speaking freely can get you fired or tarred for life....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/7883024/Free-speech-in-Barack-Obamas-America-Whatever-you-say-say-nothing.html

Arpheus
13th July 2010, 01:34
Doesn't surprise me one bit :rolleyes:

Humble Janitor
13th July 2010, 06:52
All I see is one, count it, ONE incident being used here.

Free Speech is still alive and well.

Etherios
13th July 2010, 07:40
All I see is one, count it, ONE incident being used here.

Free Speech is still alive and well.

Hmm i think you are doing a great job hidding behind your finger :-)

Anchor
13th July 2010, 07:52
All I see is one, count it, ONE incident being used here.

Free Speech is still alive and well.

I am surprised you react that way.

Free speech may be ok, but free speech that can be heard by many people (via mainstream media) is obviously and increasingly not ok.

John..

bluestflame
13th July 2010, 09:49
guess they can still get closeup shots of the oil spill with an expensive tele photo zoom lense fitted to thier cameras

conk
13th July 2010, 15:05
Free speech alive and well? What a laugh. If so, then why doesn't the media tell us about any number of vitally important issues? Because the truth is surpressed by politicians, marketers, and advertisers. You call that free?

unplugged
13th July 2010, 16:20
Actually, Barack is doing an excellent job of unveiling the Hidden Hand that has worked so assiduously to corral Free Speech. He sits at the top of the dung heap absorbing all the angry blows while the REAL perpetrators enjoy brandy and cigars in their safe, opulent spaces.

The evil being unveiled at an ever increasing pace is the culmination of events wrought in the 18th century in Europe. The pace of unfoldment has quickened considerably -- in fact exponentially -- since the cabal began its twisted journey to the pinnacle of corruption. Barack is the pimple everyone sees. The festering poison remains cleverly hidden below the surface and, as its fetid agenda advances, ever more increasingly in plain sight.

3optic
13th July 2010, 18:28
All I see is one, count it, ONE incident being used here.

Free Speech is still alive and well.

"Alive" yes. This forum among others is testimony to that. Although there is a kill switch and laws on the way to regulate sites such as this one. "Well" no. Here are a few more incidents you can count:

Multinational Corporations routinely inhibit free speech and not only within their own ranks. Witness BPs media ban. Cannot be done without support of the White House:

http://www.openureyes.org.nz/blog/?q=node/2945

Ask Canadians how hate crime bills are for free speech.

http://noworldsystem.com/2009/10/23/hate-crime-bill-is-a-trojan-horse-against-free-speech/

Here's the kill switch story:

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/security/obama-internet-kill-switch-bill-approved-20100625-z8sf.html

White House Information Czar calls for free "conspiracy theory" censorship:

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1084585

..and calls for internet censorship:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/07/cass_sunsteins_despicable_idea.html

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/item_jWqYGgWq425vqy5j59nw8K;jsessionid=9311FC8EEBD 540905428ACCC0155C50E

That's all I have time for now ;)

Beth
13th July 2010, 18:48
And what about Helen Thomas. People don't have to agree with her view, but she shouldn't be black balled for her opinion.