Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Moyers on Free Speech and Patriotism

I just had to copy this passage as well from Moyers’ speech.

The Chicago Tribune recently conducted a national poll in which about half of those surveyed said there should be been some kind of press restraint on reporting about the prison abuse scandal in Iraq; I suggest those people don’t want the facts to disturb their belief system about American exceptionalism. The poll also found that five or six of every 10 Americans “would embrace government controls of some kind on free speech, especially if it is found unpatriotic.” No wonder scoundrels find refuge in patriotism; it offers them immunity from criticism.

Comments

  1. #1 Dan
    September 29, 2004

    “…five or six of every 10 Americans “would embrace government controls of some kind on free speech…”

    My guess is that those five or six people would support government controls on the speech of the other 4 or 5 out of 10 Americans, but not on their own. In my experience, those who most vocally support restrictions on civil liberties also scream the loudest when their own liberties are restricted.

  2. #2 OGeorge
    September 29, 2004

    And I had such high hopes for the 21st Century.