Why is the government stifling the free speech of a private citizen? | Jessica Valenti
Its a cool time for this country for many reasons, writes Jessica Valenti in this edition of The Week in Patriarchy
As I write this, the internet is aflame with assaults on Jemele Hill- a reporter at ESPN who dared to call the president what he is: a racist and a white supremacist. In answer, an incredible quantity of disgust and harassment has been directed at Hill, and the White House has called for her firing .( Where are those conservative’ free speech’ absolutists when you need them ?)
It’s a cool time for this country for many reasons. But when the governmental forces attempts to stifle the speech of a private citizen and journalist because she blamed the president … this is a new level of horror.
We did not find Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling for the firing of white supremacists who marched on Charlottesville and left one female dead. It’s only those who indignation Trump who are in danger of being censured. Thankfully, other journalists and both citizens and coming to Hill’s defense- but it’s an important lesson for us all to remember. And it’s a warns that things can get much, much worse.
Glass half full
As the world disintegrates down around us, at the least we are able to laugh at Ted Cruz- caught in a scandal the coming week when his Twitter account “liked” a porn video .( Reminder: This is a man who argued that that people don’t have the right to masturbate .)