Skip to comments.Shock and awe campaign routs liberals (Liberals are no longer a threat to the nation) ANN COULTER
Posted on 04/09/2003 4:14:52 PM PDT by TLBSHOW
Shock and awe campaign routs liberals
Liberals are no longer a threat to the nation. The new media have defeated them with free speech the very freedom these fifth columnists hide behind whenever their speech gets them in hot water with the American people. Today, the truth is instantly available on the Internet, talk radio and Fox News Channel. No wonder liberals accuse Matt Drudge of absurd sodomic acts, call Rush Limbaugh a "big fat idiot," and say "really stupid people" watch Fox News Channel as anti-war actress Janeane Garofalo said between assuring us that Saddam Hussein has no weapons of mass destruction.
After the Dixie Chicks' lead singer, Natalie Maines, informed a concert hall on foreign soil that "just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas," the New York Times reported that for several days there was not "a ripple about the remark."
Then Matt Drudge posted it on his website. The Drudge Report has been getting 11 million hits a day recently. In response to the instant uproar, including radio boycotts and public CD burnings, Maines was forced to issue a written apology for the remark. Then Maines explained it was a "joke," which is only slightly less enraging than being told to "chill out." At the Country Music Television awards last Monday, the very mention of the Dixie Chicks prompted booing.
Weeks after the Dixie Chicks imploded, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder showed he's still got a way with words by repeatedly smashing a George W. Bush mask against the stage during a concert. Predictable heckling and booing broke out robust even by Pearl Jam concert standards. Vedder asked in astonishment: "You're booing the story, right? You're not booing me?" Published claims that dozens of fans walked out at this point seem dubious, since that would require Pearl Jam's fan base to still number in the dozens.
Vedder continued with a rambling diatribe against the free speech of his audience, during which he announced in a worldwide exclusive that next year Americans will no longer be allowed to speak. When someone yelled at him to shut up, Vedder shouted down the dissenters with a microphone and 50,000 amps, saying, "I don't know if you heard about this thing called freedom of speech, man." This qualified as one of the most profound public statements ever punctuated with the term "man."
Soon, Vedder was backpedaling faster than a Dixie Chick: "Just to clarify ... we support the troops." To prove it, he cited his short haircut: "How could we not be for the military? I mean, look at this [expletive] haircut." Vedder said his remarks had been "misconstrued." The band issued a statement saying Vedder was just talking about "freedom of speech."
Also celebrating "free speech" recently was Columbia University professor Nicholas De Genova. Speaking at a "teach-in" a few weeks ago, he said patriots were white supremacists and that the "only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military." Most charmingly, De Genova said: "I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus," referring to the dismembered bodies of American servicemen being dragged through the streets of Somalia in 1993. De Genova was given rousing applause from the college audience when he said: "If we really [believe] that this war is criminal ... then we have to believe in the victory of the Iraqi people and the defeat of the U.S. war machine."
The speech by this esteemed member of our nation's higher education system was followed by other Columbia professors, such as Eric Foner, who tepidly took exception only to De Genova's description of patriots as white supremacists. (Has anything good ever come of a "teach-in"? Even the promisingly titled "die-ins" always fail to deliver.)
The university initially responded to complaints about De Genova by issuing the usual traitors' dodge: free speech! But the uproar continued, eventually propelling the president of the university, Lee Bollinger, to say that De Genova's "million Mogadishus" comment "crosses the line."
Most auspiciously, Peter Arnett was fired from NBC for pinch-hitting for Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein's minister of information. Consider that Arnett has retailed propaganda for the Iraqi regime about a "milk factory" being bombed by the Americans in 1991 and that didn't get him fired. He has bragged that he would allow American servicemen to die rather than reveal enemy war plans he had acquired as a journalist that didn't get him fired. Arnett once falsely reported that the U.S. military used poison gas on American defectors and then hid behind his producers' skirts when CNN was forced to retract the report and fire the producers. That didn't get him fired.
Like Columbia University, NBC initially tried to stand by Tokyo Pete this time, issuing a statement that called his reporting "outstanding" and saying simply that his interview with Iraqi TV "was done as a professional courtesy." By 7 o'clock the next morning, deluged with thousands of e-mails demanding Arnett's head, NBC fired him.
Freedom of speech isn't working out so well for liberals now that they aren't the only ones with a microphone. It's not so much fun when the rabbit's got the gun.
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Aren't they one and the same?
WOOOOOO HOOOOOO......finally, we HAVE FREEDOM of SPEECH!!!! for Conservatives and Right thinking people....WOOOOOO HOOOOO.
and to my FORMER, supposed friends who were Dems....who dropped my friendship because I was "conservative".......take that!
The Yale Daily News ^ | April 7, 2003 | NICK BAUMANN
At another installment in the University's series of faculty forums Friday, six Yale professors offered a number of anti-war views on the causes and possible consequences of the current conflict in Iraq.
The April 4 event in Davies Auditorium, which drew several hundred students and professors, featured law school professor Bruce Ackerman; anthropology professor Arjun Appadurai; Ethics, Politics and Economics chairwoman Seyla Benhabib; African American Studies chairman Paul Gilroy; history professor Ben Kiernan; and ethics, politics and economics professor Gaspar Tamas. The panel, sponsored by the Program of Ethics, Politics and Economics, stood in stark contrast to the largely pro-war faculty forum on March 26, which featured professors such as diplomat-in-residence Charles Hill and political science professor Paul Kennedy.
Kiernan said he wondered if the ends justified the means in the current war. He said the damage to international law and security and the consequences of the "invasion and devastation" of an independent Arab state continued to raise questions.
Ironically, liberal historian Ben Kiernan is the world's foremost authority on the Khmer Rouge atrocities of 1975-1979, and is founder of the Cambodian Genocide Project.
Would Kiernan have said the same thing if we had liberated Cambodia from the KR in 1975?
Find me the people who claim that their free sheech is being demied. Now show me one instance where the government is punishing them.
such idiots they are
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