Conservative talk host Tomi Lahren gave a liberal journalist a lesson on the First Amendment Freedom of Speech Sunday, after she was called out for a tweet she’d posted — and later deleted — comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan.
She indicated that the goals of each group “are far from equality.”
Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that people who post controversial statements on social media should be called out on traditional TV and radio media while denying them the same platform.
Lahren strongly disagreed, saying that “you don’t talk about them — you bring them on and allow them to address” their extremist statements.
“As I’ve asked to do on many of the platforms that have said I went to far,” the conservative host explained.
“You did,” Zurawik interrupted, referring to her deleted tweet. “You did go too far, Tomi. You did.”
“That is your opinion,” Lahren replied.
“No, it’s not,” Zurawik insisted. “I wish it was your employer’s opinion. That’s really reckless, that kind of tweet at the situation we’re in. As a journalist, what you did appalls me.”
Lahren, who’s a commentator for TheBlaze TV, corrected him.
“I’m not a journalist, I’m a commentator,” Lahren shot back. “I’m allowed to have my feelings and my opinions and I stand behind the things that I say because the thing that hurts people the most is when you’re honest, when you look at something from an honest lens from your perspective and you bring that forth, you are immediately labeled for it and you are immediately criticized.”
“And what those on the other side want to do is criticize, label and silence those who disagree with them. I don’t play that game.”
“There’s no room for the kind of ignorance that your tweet put out there at this time in our history,” Zurawik said.
She allowed that her tweet may have come from “a place of anger” because of “what happened in my city of Dallas,” but added, “make no mistake, the First Amendment applies to everyone, and the best way to combat speech you don’t like is not to silence others — it’s more speech — it’s more conversation.”
She later tweeted:
The First Amendment doesn’t solely apply to liberals and BLM activists. Police officers are out there protecting your free speech by the way
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) July 10, 2016
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