Free Speech

It’s often a surprise to people when they find out that free speech actually cuts both ways.

Sure – a newspaper can run an editorial in it’s entirety with an expletive.

“Taser this… F– BUSH”

(only with the word spelled out)

That’s free speech.

But guess what? People who pay for advertising in such a paper are also free to speak. The thing is, they speak with cash.

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.

The student manager of the paper said his goal was to get college students to talk about free speech. Yet:

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.”

Why should he be “disheartened”? Free speech is coming at him from all directions! People are talking about it and acting on it. It’s all good and his goal is reached!

It will be curious to see if Colombia also learns a few things about all sides of free speech.

One thought on “Free Speech

  1. As long as “disheartening”=insolvency, I think it reflects capitalism pretty well….crazy lefties think everyone uses foul language and thinks it is ok…hopefully they will learn some manners, at least.

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