Interesting thought as I saw that Twitter came out and admitted that they were liberal and had a bias in their world. First of all, I respect the fact that Twitter is being truthful. Thank you for not hiding your bias. Second, that also raises the question when it comes to free speech, is it a crime to deny someone’s free speech because of your (or their) political views?
I only on occasion agree with Bill Maher. I think he’s pompous, over-blown, very unimportant, and basically an ass. But he’s right on this occasion. I recently blogged about how all of the social media is basically banning Alex Jones from speaking. Maher said that Jones should be allowed to speak his piece, and he’s 100% right. Now the FCC got involved when they shut down his pirated radio station. That part I can understand. A pirated radio station is being run illegally, and the FCC took steps to make sure it was within the confines of their rules and regulations. It wasn’t. The social media thing didn’t do that (there’s no law against posting stuff on Facebook or Twitter…just a company policy.
So, in the case of Alex Jones, I’m wondering whether he can sue those social media giants for denying him his first amendment rights? I would think he could…even if they are as inflammatory as what Jones says. The first amendment doesn’t say anything about not being an ass when you speak. And yes, the Supreme Court has said that you can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, but does that extend to political speak?
There’s also nothing in the first amendment that says you have to be correct when you make a statement. If that were the case, both our current president and his opponent in the last election should be in jail for violating the first amendment. You can most certainly be wrong, especially when you’re dealing with politics.
This is one of those, “hold your nose as you back somebody” moments. I don’t like Alex Jones. I think he’s an idiot gone off the rails, but he has a first amendment right to be that idiot, and I will support his right to be an idiot with my dying breath. Facebook, Twitter, Google (who owns YouTube), and the rest are dead wrong for taking him down. My hunch is, if Alex Jones were smart (and I’m not sure he is), he’d be getting his lawyer to file a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against those companies for denying him his first amendment rights. No company policy against saying “hateful” things can violate the Constitution. And when you drag public political figures into the mix, all bets are off!
Alex Jones is wrong in what he says. I think 98% of Americans would agree with that. But the fact that he doesn’t even get the chance to say it? That’s 100% wrong! These social media giants should be made to pay for their liberalism, and failure to follow the US Constitution.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!