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Free speech not free

Posted by Ron Coleman on September 23, 2007

We are so brave here at our college (U. of Colorado) newspaper, writing bad words to the President!

Well, it is their right. I may disagree with them — and their attitude, and their childishness, and their lack of imagination — but I will defend to a very bad hangnail their right to say it in their collegiate sandbox. Similarly I will defend the right of everyone who pays for these kinderlech to play to pick up their stuff and go home:

In a letter to the University Community and Collegian readers, McSwane wrote, “While the editorial board feels strongly with regard to First Amendment issues, we have found the unintended consequences of such a bold statement to be extremely disheartening.”McSwane told 7NEWS that ads from the CSU Bookstore were pulled from the paper in response to the editorial. Bookstore managers declined to comment.

The Associated Press Saturday reported the student newspaper has lost $30,000 in advertising and had to cut pay and other budgets by 10 percent because of fallout.

What a great lesson in life. I am sure another one is looming: How soon before a mandated student-activities fund grant is made to replace the lost advertising? Just axing.

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4 Responses to “Free speech not free”

  1. Ara said

    How do you feel about Ahmedinejad at Columbia?

  2. They have the right to invite him, naturally, but they demonstrate their hypocrisy about free expression by doing so in the context of their other decisions. I also think hosting him is properly condemned on its own terms: Ahmedinejad is a very wicked man, and the fact that the dean shrugs his shoulders — when presented with the ultimate test of whom you would invite as a speaker — and says, “Why, of course we’d invite Hitler, too” demonstrates the moral inanity of holding not only freedom of expression, but the idea of providing an affirmative platform, to any voice, no matter how evil.

    And, by the way, he says it about Hitler, because Hitler already belongs to the ages. When he invites Dick Cheney I’ll be moved. But that goes to the hypocrisy point.

  3. Ara said

    they demonstrate their hypocrisy about free expression by doing so in the context of their other decisions.

    Please expand on that.

    P.S. If it was up to you, would you allow him to speak?

  4. jan said

    It’s “not about Bush” when it said “f*** Bush”

    “…it’s been turned into more of a political issue” when it was an overtly political statement.

    They didn’t mean to “upset the community” but took actions that anyone would reasonably assume would upset the community.

    Next they’re going to tell me that up is down, black is white, and war is peace, right?

    I guess no one ever explained to them that if they choose the behavior, they choose the the consequences. Better late than never to learn that lesson I suppose.

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