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freedom OF speech does not guarantee freedom FROM criticism
By tigtog on July 17, 2012
This accusation of suppressing speech online keeps on coming up (it’s a fundamental plank in the ongoing FTBullies smear campaign): the allegedly terrible awful no-good horrible “crime” of deleting comments on a blog. To which I say bah humbug pish tosh harrumph and quote a 2010 comment here:
you have a right to access the Internet, not to access my audience via my resources.
By Mindy on June 15, 2012
Guess what word gets you banned from participating in a debate on an abortion bill in Michigan.
By tigtog on March 1, 2012
It is depressing to have to point out, yet again, that there is a distinction between having the legal right to say something & having the moral right not to be held accountable for what you say.
By tigtog on January 12, 2012
It is hard that they can voice their opinions but I am not allowed to voice my opinion. says Margaret Court, freely sharing her opinion on the pages of The Australian.
By tigtog on September 28, 2011
… with respect to statements made by the serial trollumnist in published articles from 2009/2010 questioning whether the Aboriginality of certain pale-skinned indigenous people was genuine…”contained errors of fact, distortions of the truth and inflammatory and provocative language”
By tigtog on August 16, 2011
…that one can only manage to get one’s views published in the opinion pages of a national broadsheet, one knows that the nation is in a parlous state of enforced conformity indeed.
By tigtog on July 26, 2011
Without certain guidelines for acceptable content in comments the substantive arguments get buried in a flood of reactionary soundbites and frequently eliminationist rhetoric. This is not merely disturbing, it actively perpetuates partisan/ideological bias.
By tigtog on June 3, 2011
… contrarians who can’t be arsed to set up their own free blog who whinge about being “silenced” when they’re not allowed to dominate comment threads on other people’s blogs?
By Wildly Parenthetical on May 6, 2011
Her refusal to cheer for him in basketball games led to her being thrown off the team, and she then sought to sue her school (specifically for infringing her freedom of speech).
By tigtog on September 17, 2010
aka One More Time For The Clueless! “Free speech” has never meant that individuals or corporations are obliged to provide a forum for speech they find obnoxious on their own private property.
By tigtog on August 18, 2010
Something which most junior high schoolers could tell you straight out of their civics textbook, “Dr Laura”