Why is the government stifling the free speech of a private citizen? | Jessica Valenti

September 19, 2017

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 .)

What I’m RTing

JenAshleyWright (@ JenAshleyWright)

Can’t wait for some tech bro to discover makeup, rename it “face hacking” and assert he fabricated it.

September 13, 2017

The New Yorker (@ NewYorker)

A cartoon by Will McPhail. pic.twitter.com /8 OnVLVNsy9

September 15, 2017

Nathan McDermott (@ natemcdermott)

Ted Nugent told Obama to suck his machine gun& said that Hillary should be hanged for treason, and was invited to the White House by Trump. https :// t.co/ QAIyo4E 2S5

September 14, 2017

Melissa Jeltsen (@ quasimado)

What the 2 deadliest mass shootings this year have in common –> they both involve humen targeting their ex-wives https :// t.co/ eO6a8n0qM4

September 12, 2017

Jamelle Bouie (@ jbouie)

this left wing political correctness is out of control https :// t.co/ 7BK71gzZOw

September 13, 2017

Who I’m reading

Amanda Hess on the business of “anti-ageing” and attaining sure girls detest themselves; Bryan Curtis with a fantastic piece on Jemele Hill; and Ezra Klein on his interview this week with Hillary Clinton .~ ATAGEND

What I’m writing

At Marie Claire, on Hillary Clinton’s book and why she’s more of a chairperson now that the president himself.

How outraged I am

A couple of ex-Google employees thought they could replace city’s beloved bodegas with what has appeared to be little more than a gussied-up vending machine. The internet delivered its ferocity, so I’m at a satisfied six out of 10 on the rage scale.

How I’m reaching it through this week

of adorable things to get your intellect off the world; but this week what’s giving me hope is the full and unbelievable life of Edie Windsor, who passed away this week. Rest in power, Edie.

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