Friday, April 8, 2005

One Example of Hypocrisy

As I mentioned yesterday in "Censorship is Alive & Well", the owner of The Big Picture blog seems to be something of a hypocrite. Here's another example:
Isn't the Left Supposed to Be in Favor of Free Speech?

Sometimes it seems like that’s all you ever hear from the Left, is how much someone’s free speech is being violated. So what’s up with all this pie-throwing?

A conservative activist who criticizes what he calls the leftist domination of college campuses was struck with a pie Wednesday night at Butler University.

David Horowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, had just started a lecture at Butler when he was hit.

...It was the second time in a week that a conservative lecturer was hit by a pie at an Indiana university. On March 30, William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, was attacked during a speech at Earlham College in Richmond.

For many on the Left, free speech is for everyone who agrees with them, while they would like everyone else to be not permitted to speak. That’s because they know they can’t win an argument on the facts.
After reading this post, I entered a comment that ACTUALLY supported a lot of what Vik stated. I agreed that many of my left-wing brethren have a tendency to want certain standards applied to them BUT not to conservatives they disagree with. (Note: My comment was deleted within 1 hour of posting.)

I also stated that I found it ironic that Vik would champion this cause since he has decided to delete my new comments from his blog. I'm one of the few people who do not share his conservative perspective that he has ALLOWED (albeit for a very brief time) to post an alternate viewpoint.

It's painfully obvious that Vik doesn't WANT a diverse discussion on his blog. He has a narrow-minded perspective and that's the ONLY perspective he wants featured. Consequently, his post above is reflective of us his own attitudes as much as anyone on the Left.

It's really sad when people undermine their own position by blatantly contradicting themselves. It's even more sad when they don't realize that they're doing this or they don't frankly care.

I urge any and all progressive-minded folks to visit his blog and inundate him with non-conservative comments. Let's see if he TRULY believes in free speech and informed discourse OR if his stance is nothing more than pure rhetoric.

I suppose he can always argue that, as a right-winger, HE doesn't believe in free speech!

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