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Leftists erupted in volcanic fury after the crown jewel of their media propaganda empire went rogue with a column by The New York Times editorial board that dared to criticize the cancel culture that has fueled their jihad against free speech and terrorized their political adversaries.
In an unexpected sounding of the alarm, the nation’s “newspaper of record” pointed out the simple fact that Americans are in peril of losing their fundamental right to speak freely, a shot across the bow of the vicious, ideologically driven mob that is dominant on social media where it has waged a merciless campaign of terror against anyone who happens to express an opinion that they disagree with.
“For all the tolerance and enlightenment that modern society claims, Americans are losing hold of a fundamental right as citizens of a free country: the right to speak their minds and voice their opinions in public without fear of being shamed or shunned,” the Times editorial board wrote.
Shaming and shunning have been the specialty of the buzzing social media hive of remorseless, highly organized, tech-savvy collective of leftists who specialize in hunting in packs for targets who are then subjected to a ruthless and aggressive campaign of doxing, bullying, and threatening which is often amplified by leftist allies in the conventional media, leaving a trail of destroyed careers and wrecked lives for their victims.
“This editorial board plans to identify a wide range of threats to freedom of speech in the coming months, and to offer possible solutions,” the board wrote in a sign that liberal criticism against the extremist “woke” agenda could be spreading beyond Bill Maher who has been the proverbial canary in the coal mine over the left’s transformation into something dark, alien and menacing.
Bill Maher says "I haven't changed at all. My politics hasn't changed. They've changed," adding "letting three-year-olds decide what gender they are, this wasn't something five years ago" pic.twitter.com/p5ufRLmFsp
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) March 13, 2022
In the column entitled “America Has a Free Speech Problem,” the Times also hits conservatives who it equates with book burners over the growing backlash against the teaching of anti-white, anti-American critical race theory, as well as sexual, deviate teachers who are effectively grooming young children in classrooms, the focus was clearly on the left.
“This social silencing, this depluralizing of America, has been evident for years,” they wrote, adding that “for a strong nation and open society, that is dangerous.”
“The political left and the right are caught in a destructive loop of condemnation and recrimination around ‘cancel culture,’” they wrote before zeroing in on the most destructive influence on discourse in the nation’s history.
“Many on the left refuse to acknowledge that cancel culture exists at all, believing that those who complain about it are offering cover for bigots to peddle hate speech. Many on the right, for all their braying about cancel culture, have embraced an even more extreme version of censoriousness as a bulwark against a rapidly changing society, with laws that would ban books, stifle teachers and discourage open discussion in classrooms,” the editorial board wrote.
Judging by the shrill caterwauling of the leftist mob that was the subject of the piece, the Times struck a serious nerve.
With Democrats almost certainly cognizant of the intimidation power of their political mob, even sitting members of Congress vented their spleens, including Rep. Ted Lieu who used his military service as a shield to condone the left’s “right” to use Twitter as a tool to stomp on the constitutional rights of other Americans.
“Dear @nytopinion: I served on active duty to defend the right of any person to say stupid, racist sh*t. That doesn’t mean I have to respect or coddle people who say stupid, racist sh*t. I have the right to shame and shun people who say stupid, racist sh*t. Get it New York Times?” Lieu tweeted.
Dear @nytopinion: I served on active duty to defend the right of any person to say stupid, racist shit. That doesn’t mean I have to respect or coddle people who say stupid, racist shit. I have the right to shame and shun people who say stupid, racist shit. Get it New York Times? https://t.co/vPEyp9jmxD
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 18, 2022
The Daily Beast’s Wajahat Ali wrote, “Retweet if you want the New York Times to add more columnists who write about the rise of fascism instead of adding more who always complain about cancel culture.”
Retweet if you want the New York Times to add more columnists who write about the rise of fascism instead of adding more who always complain about cancel culture.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 18, 2022
CUNY professor Jeff Jarvis, spat leftist venom at the column. tweeting, “This is appalling. The both-sidesism of The New York Times comes out in full force from its editorial board as it equates the left criticizing hate and the right burning books. Pure moral panic,” before launching a long-winded, dozen tweet diatribe against the paper.
This is appalling. The both-sidesism of The New York Times comes out in full force from its editorial board as it equates the left criticizing hate and the right burning books. Pure moral panic. A 🧵. 1/ https://t.co/0zQumjCIHh pic.twitter.com/XdqznFrBR3
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) March 18, 2022
Unhinged former MSNBC/ESPN host Keith Olbermann, a prolific, foul-mouthed hate-tweeter raged, “You’re godd**ed right “America has a free speech problem” – the @nytimes
editorial board has lost the plot.”
“There’s freedom to have ANY opinion. There is NOT freedom to have ANY opinion without consequences,” KO added, also tossing in a tiresome analogy used by the left to justify their shutting down of speech, “THAT is ‘yelling fire in a crowded theater.'”
You're goddamned right "America has a free speech problem" – the @nytimes editorial board has lost the plot.
There's freedom to have ANY opinion. There is NOT freedom to have ANY opinion without consequences.
THAT is 'yelling fire in a crowded theater.' https://t.co/Zoobl6AvKX pic.twitter.com/3GxG6tfhNC
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 18, 2022
Star Trek icon and left-wing activist George Takei snarked, “It’s like Bill Maher is now on the New York Times Editorial Board.”
It’s like Bill Maher is now on the New York Times Editorial board.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 18, 2022
New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones of the widely-panned “1619 Project” whined, “Our NYT journalism is being banned from being taught by name in state law. Let me repeat: Our New York Times journalism.”
Our NYT journalism is being banned from being taught by name in state law. Let me repeat: Our New York Times journalism.
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) March 18, 2022
Additional exhibits from the left’s ugly meltdown.
There is no right to protection from being shamed or shunned. It’s in fact a public obligation to shame and shun dangerous or sociopathic opinions. https://t.co/FcfDineCBa
— Chris Espinosa (@cdespinosa) March 18, 2022
The fucking New York Times does it again. The EDITORIAL BOARD for Christ’s sake.
There is absolutely no such thing as a “fundamental right” to voice your opinions in public “without fear of being shamed or shunned.” This is lunacy. pic.twitter.com/hri9ASyzuB
— Sam Hoadley-Brill 🙏 RIP CHARLES MILLS 🐐 (@deonteleologist) March 18, 2022
I am so fucking infuriated at the @nytimes @nytopinion editorial board right now.
What part of book banning and rising fascism do you not understand?
SHAME AND SHUNNING? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING? SHOULD WE NOT SHAME AND SHUN FASCISTS?
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU?
— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (she/her) (@ECMcLaughlin) March 18, 2022
No, New York Times editorial board, people do not have the right to freely express an opinion and not hear any pushback from other people freely expressing their opinions. We just don't. How would this even work? Bonkers stuff, y'all
— Dave Wagner (@Dbwagner104) March 18, 2022
mighty fucking cowardly to publish this under "New York Times editorial board" instead of sticking your name on it https://t.co/9h1yKQWIhN
— Spooky Mama Darci (@saintwalker98) March 18, 2022
How does this dumb shit make it out of a room full of so called "educated journalists"? https://t.co/guL1C6rpQk
— Don Lemon's baby Afro (@GhostofGarvey) March 18, 2022
Others who had no vested interest in defending cancel culture had more rational takes, including Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald who brought up the hypocrisy of the NYT’s singing of a different tune on cancel culture after firing a pair of editors over a column by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.
There are some valid and even important points in this Editorial — especially on how free speech principles came from the liberal-left, which now mostly rejects them — but it's an odd lecture from a paper that fired two editors for publishing an op-ed by a sitting Senator: https://t.co/3tgSY6HzSW
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 18, 2022
If people are so uncomfortable discussing the actual problem–people being fired, deplatformed, or shunned–that they instead pretend conservatives are just mad about criticism, it suggests a lot of people like the effects of cancel culture, but can't really defend the practice.
— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) March 18, 2022
Both the column and the reaction could be a sign that the tides are now beginning to turn against cancel culture and those who have most benefitted from it.
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