First Amendment

A Victory In the War For Free Speech

Featured image One of the most sinister developments of our time is the Left’s use of both criminal investigation and mob harassment to suppress dissent. An outrageous instance of this trend is the effort by 20 Democratic state Attorneys General to investigate ExxonMobil and others for criminal “fraud,” i.e., carrying out research that doesn’t support the hysterical exaggerations of the Climatistas. One of the leaders of this attempt to suppress scientific debate »

Free speech make way; here comes Obama-style regionalism

Featured image We have written about how “regionalism” and its handmaiden “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) are, in effect, an attempt by the left to dictate the way Americans will live. Now, we see that they also entail an attempt to tell elected officials what they must say. This has become apparent from efforts to muzzle Westchester Country Executive Rob Astorino. Westchester County, New York is ground zero in the left’s push »

The Great Free Speech Issue of Our Time

Featured image Government-funded climate activists have devised fraudulent models that exist for the sole purpose of stirring up alarm about “climate change.” They have blatantly misrepresented the relationship between “climate change” and extreme weather events, which have become less common in recent years. They have deliberately propagated data they know to be wrong or misleading in order to serve their government paymaster’s political cause. When weather data have disproved their models, they »

Trump that bill

Featured image Donald Trump has big plans for his prospective presidency. He said on Friday he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations (video below). Politico’s Hadas Gold reports: During a rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Trump began his usual tirade against newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, saying they’re “losing money” and are »

Tarantino’s Whine

Featured image As you probably know, film director Quentin Tarantino led a protest march against police brutality in New York on October 24. He spoke at the protest, describing police as “murderers” (although, as he later clarified, “all cops are not murderers”). This predictably brought condemnation from many sources and, from some, a call to boycott Tarantino’s upcoming movie, The Hateful Eight. Yesterday, Tarantino gave an interview to Chris Hayes of MSNBC »

Israeli Speaker Shouted Down at the University of Minnesota

Featured image If anti-free speech demonstrators shout down a speaker at the University of Minnesota, where do you read about it? In the Washington Post, apparently: On Tuesday afternoon an Israeli academic was shouted down by two dozen protesters as he tried to begin a lecture before about 100 students and faculty at the University of Minnesota. The speaker was Moshe Halbertal, a professor at NYU Law School and a professor of »

The NY Times Complains About the Competition

Featured image Today’s New York Times featured a story titled “The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election.” The article reported on an investigation by Times reporters into public filings disclosing individual and superpac support for presidential candidates. This is the supposedly explosive finding: Just 158 families have provided nearly half of the early money for efforts to capture the White House. The Times tries to fit the data into a “big money »

CAIR helps prove Ben Carson’s point

Featured image Ibrahim Hooper of the loathsome Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race. He cites Dr. Carson’s comment that “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation; I absolutely would not agree with that.” I don’t subscribe to the sweeping proposition that a Muslim shouldn’t be president of the United States. But CAIR is Exhibit A »

Media Alert

Featured image I will appear this afternoon on the Federalist Radio Hour, hosted by Ben Domenech. We will be discussing the First Amendment as it relates to injunctions barring the release of videos about the selling of fetal tissue. The program will air in Chicago from 3:00 to 4:00 (Central Time) on WCGO. It will also be available by link, which I will post on receipt. »

Democratic Party Journalists Aren’t Fooling Anyone

Featured image The Newseum Institute’s annual survey on the state of the First Amendment was released on Friday. You can read the results here. There are lots of interesting findings, although, as with any single survey, they should be taken with a grain of salt. Support for the First Amendment is high and rising, with only 19% saying the amendment “goes too far,” while 75% disagree. Of course, these numbers are of »

Hillary Wants the Power to Ban Books and Movies that Criticize Her

Featured image Hillary Clinton says that as president, she would have a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees: they must promise to vote to overturn the Citizens United case. It is easy to understand why Hillary isn’t fond of Citizens United. The case involved a film called Hillary: The Movie that was critical of her. In Citizens United, the Supreme Court held that it was unconstitutional to criminalize showings of Hillary within »

Blaming Pamela Geller

Featured image In the wake of an attempt to murder Pamela Geller and those who attended her “draw Mohammed” contest in Garland, Texas, lots of commentators are blaming the intended victim. The Washington Post, usually more sensible in such matters, joined in this morning with an article by its “social change reporter,” Sandhya Somashekhar, headlined: “Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas.” In response to which, Geller herself tweeted: »

Hillary Says: Our Money Good, Their Money Bad!

Featured image Chutzpah is never in short supply in the Clinton household. Today in Iowa, in the course of her much-mocked bus tour–Hillary bought a burrito! Hillary had the students locked in their classrooms! Journalists outnumbered voters!–Hillary Clinton had harsh words for our “dysfunctional political system”: Fresh off her entrance into the presidential race, Hillary Clinton on Tuesday appeared in Iowa for her first public appearance of the election, striking a populist »

Liberals Turn on the First Amendment

Featured image It is no surprise that today’s Left has little use for free speech. Its predominant tactic is trying to bully its opponents into silence. Still, this New York Times article, titled “First Amendment, ‘Patron Saint’ of Protesters, Is Embraced by Corporations,” is of interest, if only for the lack of self-knowledge on display. Liberals used to love the First Amendment. But that was in an era when courts used it »

Liberals Don’t Understand the First Amendment–or the Climate, Either

Featured image We have written a number of times about the Left’s effort to smear scientists who don’t toe the alarmist line on global warming. Apart from generally suggesting that “deniers” be jailed, liberals are trying to discredit realist scientists by claiming that they are funded by the fossil fuel industry or other supposedly nefarious interests. This is hugely ironic. The American environmental movement is paid for in part by oil interests–Russian »

Koch to Democratic Senators: Get Lost!

Featured image The Democrats’ campaign to smear climate realists is not going well. Congressman Raul Grijalva is taking a beating, and Dr. Willie Soon has struck back against the climate hysterics who are persecuting him. As part of their smear campaign, Democratic Senators Boxer, Markey and Whitehouse wrote to Koch Industries to request information, covering the last 10 years, “about Koch Industries’ payments made in support of scientific research and scientists, as »

Resist this

Featured image Steve Coll is dean of the Columbia Journalism School and an accomplished reporter in his own right. He is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and bin Laden and the Soviet Invasion, From the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2011, among other books. He reports on issues of intelligence and national security and in the journalism »