Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while, so when CNN’s Fareed Zakaria hit the nail on the head Sunday regarding the “tolerant” Left, the surprise wasn’t so much the spot-on analysis, though that was indeed surprising, but the fact that CNN actually tweeted it out.
What isn’t a surprise at all, however, is how the left has reacted to Zakaria’s words.
Check this out:
"Liberals think they are tolerant, but often, they aren't," argues @FareedZakaria https://t.co/0urfK127Z3
— CNN (@CNN) May 28, 2017
After giving a rundown of various guests from both sides of the ideological spectrum who have appeared at commencement speeches, from Vice President Mike Pence at Notre Dame to Zakaria himself at Bucknell, the CNN host then proceeded to smack the elephant in the room right across the trunk.
“American universities these days seem committed to every type of diversity except intellectual diversity,” Zakaria said. “Conservative voices and views, already a besieged minority, are being silenced entirely.”
Zakaria ran down the recent list of people the Left has silenced or attempted to silence, people like Charles Murray, Ann Coulter, and Heather MacDonald, then reminded his audience that the real meaning of liberal “refers to the Latin root, pertaining to liberty.”
Indeed, freedom of speech means “protecting and listening to speech” you disagree with, and isn’t “just for warm fuzzy ideas we find comfortable, but for ideas we find offensive.”
Also citing what he believes is the Right’s assault on truth, Zakaria then decried the “anti-intellectualism on the left, an attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we are so morally superior we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree.”
“Liberals think they are tolerant, but often they aren’t.”
Unlike most liberals these days, especially on campus safe spaces, Zakaria believes that “listening to other contradictory views will teach us all something, and sharpen our own views.”
Asking questions like “What if I’m wrong? What is the best argument on the other side?” can keep us from engaging in groupthink and help us come together in a “common conversation,” the CNN host believes.
So, will liberals listen? Judging from some of the Twitter reaction to his words, the answer is probably no.
@Stricken661 @MicheleelehciM @CNN @FareedZakaria People who speak & act on beliefs that exclude entire groups of ppl deem themselves intolerant
— Fortune Cookie (@ebonymystique) May 28, 2017
@CNN @FareedZakaria Wrong. Shutting down hate speech is not betraying Liberal values.
— Scott (@guytaur) May 28, 2017
@CNN @FareedZakaria Sitting idly by and watching corrupt and vile people further oppress marginalized groups isn’t tolerance
— K. Black (@FReshtinggg) May 28, 2017
@CNN @FareedZakaria The right is a racist party, always has been. It will not be tolerated, end of story. pic.twitter.com/Zeh0HIxMtO
— Anonymous (@ghostport) May 28, 2017
@CNN @FareedZakaria I’m a liberal & I’m intolerant of anyone looking to lessen the quality of life of someone because of a set ideology. Also, traitors to USA.
— Quarterback Punk (@Cole_G_lunz) May 28, 2017
@CNN @FareedZakaria These young people are frustrated bc conservatives are holding the US back. The speakers that were boo’d are the ones spreading hate & fear
— Ashley (@ashley_ryan77) May 28, 2017
@CNN @FareedZakaria Ceremony WAS NOT INTERRUPTED. Pence kept on speaking while those brave courageous kids walked out!
BS!! post truths @CNN
— KonCo (@KarenKJames) May 28, 2017
@CNN @FareedZakaria No we are tolerant. We just reach a point where we refuse to give up our morals.
— Meeche (@meechebucco) May 28, 2017
But this mic-drop one pretty much sums it all up…
@CNN @FareedZakaria Your rights end where my feelings begin ~ Liberals
— rocker (@unread61) May 28, 2017
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