Fox News vigorously supported Ayaan Hirsi Ali's right to take her anti-Islamic message to Brandeis because free speech. But now that Cornell U. has displayed anti-GOP cartoons, concerns about freedom of speech seem to have been flushed down the Fox toilet
On this yesterday's Fox & Friends' patented Trouble with Schools segment, Clayton Morris fed the patented Fox News right wing meme that higher education (particularly Ivy League schools) is a hotbed of liberal indoctrination.. And who better to opine on this than Fox fave, Caleb Bonham whose stories about liberal bias (ironic, huh?) on campus provide fodder for the patented Fox conservative victimization whine.
Morris immediately framed the "controversy" with his report on controversial (as defined by Fox and the right wing) things that are happening in schools "across the country." He then provided us with three examples including "disturbing cartoons" that were displayed at a social justice event (and we all know that social justice is really a cover for seditious Marxist activity, right?). He cited a cartoon that depicted the GOP as "Jihadi John." He didn't mention that the cartoon prisoner was "the working class."
In introducing his guest, Morris didn't mention that Bonham was formerly editor-in-chief of the right wing Campus Reform and is currently a "volunteer" faculty member at the right wing Leadership Institute. Morris asked Bonham "what in the world is this social justice event and how can they justify likening the GOP to Jihadi John?"
After responding that "the justification is the most outrageous part," Bonham described how Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations hosted a conference that featured cartoons "from those who are big in the labor movement." He noted that this event was sponsored by biggies in organized labor. The banner: "Drawing up Controversy, Cornell Cartoon Depicts GOP as Jihadi John." He described other cartoons which he felt were offensive. Like Morris, in describing the Jihadi John cartoon, he didn't say what the about to be beheaded man represented.
Morris started to say that this is "outrageous" but, instead, informed us that because it was Sunday morning, he wouldn't show the cartoon which showed a GOP elephant sexually assaulting a woman. He read a Cornell dean's statement which acknowledged the shock value but also asserted that art can be shocking and, thus, a basis for discussion. The banner reinforced the agitprop: "Liberal Bias Unmasked." Morris asked if this response is "sufficient."
Bonham pontificated: "Free speech must be protected and we must protect free speech. But here's the important thing. There's nothing wrong with him being rational and coming out and saying look, in light of 130 people being viciously murdered in Paris just last week, we're not going to allow probably half of the Cornell students who consider themselves to be Republican and conservative to be likened to Jihadist John. It's absolutely unacceptable."
When college students staged anti-racism demonstrations, Fox pundits said that the 1st Amendment allows you to "say what you want and you can be offended... and that’s life." The esteemed Judge Napolitano opined that “No one has the right not to be offended." But when it comes to young Republicans being offended, they're not being told to suck it up. Got hypocrisy?
Any working man/woman who is not part of what “labor” has become shouldn’t be allowed to enjoy the benefits of a weekend, disability insurance, or wage protection. Period.