In one world-class idiot Twitter posting Wednesday, a CNN anchor who’s also a lawyer proved to the world that elements of the mainstream media are utterly inept at reporting the news.
And one reply — “You, sir, are a moron” — was putting it charitably.
Chris Cuomo, who’s also the son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, replied Wednesday to a complaint that “too many people are saying that hate speech doesn’t equal free speech.” Cuomo tweeted:
it doesn’t. hate speech is excluded from protection. dont just say you love the constitution…read it https://t.co/znZJ8cPvpX
— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 6, 2015
Read the Constitution? The Constitution is silent on the issue of “hate speech,” as HotAir senior editor Ed Morrissey was only too happy to point out to the lawyer/journalist:
@ChrisCuomo I did read the First Amendment, and still can’t find the “hate speech” exception to free speech. Can you point it out for us?
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) May 6, 2015
Not there? Hmm. Former CNN anchor Piers Morgan often used his anchor desk to claim that the Second Amendment only applied to muskets. Maybe the words “hate speech” is next to the word “muskets.” No?
“The Intercept” journalist Glenn Greenwald joined the fun, and tweeted:
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 6, 2015
It looked as though one Twitter user almost ran afoul of his 140 character limit before he ran out of adjectives to describe Cuomo’s assertion.
— Chris Tsotsoros (@ctsotsoros) May 6, 2015
“Ricochet” contributor Stephen Miller observed:
.@ChrisCuomo Your smug attitude about “reading the constitution” really makes this perfect.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 6, 2015
— John Rivers (@JohnRiversToo) May 6, 2015
It wouldn’t be complete without a word from conservative author and columnist Michele — and her’s was a doozy!
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 6, 2015
Then there was the most unkindest cut of them all — and pithy to boot.
@ChrisCuomo You, sir, are a moron.
— Brian Lassiter (@belassiter) May 6, 2015
Although the First Amendment is silent on “hate speech,” the most recent case law on the issue makes it clear that even speech most of the populace finds totally reprehensible is indeed protected.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the hateful and outrageous Westboro Baptist Church’s military funeral demonstrations, where its members claim the death of our fallen soldiers is God’s punishment for homosexuality.
Writing for the majority in its 2011 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts said that the First Amendment protects “even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate,” according to The Huffington Post.
“Speech is powerful,” Roberts acknowledged. “It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and – as it did here – inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker.”
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Cuomo.
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