Speaking of Hate Speech…

The Trunk noted earlier today that the President of St. Thomas University, where Ann Coulter gave a speech last week, issued a statement denouncing her talk, and branding it as “hate speech.” (This was without the benefit of having heard the speech, of course.) A local newspaper columnist wrote, I believe, two columns making the same charge.
Meanwhile, some actual hate speech has occurred on Air America, where–not for the first time–the program’s liberal hosts have encouraged the assassination of President Bush. Matt Drudge has the story:

The announcer: “A spoiled child is telling us our Social Security isn’t safe anymore, so he is going to fix it for us. Well, here’s your answer, you ungrateful whelp: Just try it, you little bastard. .”
The audio production at the center of the controversy aired during opening minutes of The Randi Rhodes Show.
“What is with all the killing?” Rhodes said, laughing, after the clip aired.

We have commented a number of times on the frequency with which liberals advocate the assassination of President Bush. Sometimes it’s supposed to be funny. Sometimes it’s supposed to be art. Sometimes it’s just flat-out, unvarnished hate. But I’m not aware of a single Democratic official who has criticized those who advocate assassinating the President.
It will be interesting to see whether the President of St. Thomas and our local columnists will take an interest in actual hate speech, as opposed to speech with which they disagree.


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