52 years ago this month, the late Senator Edward Kennedy drunk drove off a bridge with a young woman in his car. He swam to safety and left her overnight to drown. No attempt at rescue was made. He went home and called his team to help him get his story straight.
This was publicly known at the time, as he did this on his own, in public, and bungled an attempt at cover-up irreparably.
He wasn’t able to run for president that next cycle. That was it. He didn’t go to jail. He went back to serving in the US Senate for many decades until his death.
A senator killed a woman in cold blood, publicly. Everybody knew it. It wasn’t even covered up. And nothing happened to him.
Imagine what these people are able to get away with when they’re actually trying.
First, you define “misinformation” as anyone whose opinion or whose recitation of the facts differs from yours, then you argue that a private organization can and should (especially at the request/demand of the government) ban such “speech”. Then you urge that if one social media entity bans that speech, ALL others should ban that speech.
The commitment to the concept of freedom of expression and freedom of speech seems to be ENTIRELY LACKING HERE. To hear such a dangerous progression of oppressive reasoning from an administration spokesperson is truly disturbing. As a government representative, you are either committed to the principles of free speech (not merely as a constitutional right but as a natural right of every person) or you are not. And if you are not, you have no business being in government. Remember the old adage, “the best counter to bad ideas are good ideas”? The same applies to speech; the best way to fight “bad” speech is the free expression and exchange of countervailing views, facts, and opinions, NOT censuring them.
photo h/t Ed B.
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