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    Freedom of Speech's Double Standard- 'OK' for the Right but Not For the Left?

    Culture warriors on the right defended Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty as a martyr. It worked and he's back but what about MSNBC's Martin Bashir for his spot on comments about the GOP's genius, ex-Alaska governor, Sarah Palin? Now we see the right and CNN going after Melissa Harris Perry, another MSNBC talk show host for her show's guest's remarks. Liberals should know better? Is this the question CNN is asking?“Duck Dynasty,” is the most popular reality show on television. This fact is telling in itself when as we try to understand the difference between the left and the right side of American politics. The show follows the lives of self-described Bible-thumping rednecks in Louisiana who’ve made it rich manufacturing and selling duck-hunting products.  Phil Robertson’s gay-bashing comments and denial of black suffering in the Jim Crow South were defended by those at FOX News, Sarah Palin, an on the right as "freedom of speech". Freedom of Speech is protected in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. As stupid as that speech may be, or as sophomoric a comment that was made by someone who should know better, that speech is still protected. Unless you are a Democrat or a Liberal MSNBC talk shows host. Conservatives jumped right in to defend Robertson’s “right to free speech”. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” Many of the same people backing Robertson are the ones that advocated the firing of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir — who called Palin a “world-class idiot” on his show. Bashir is gone but Robertson is back? I agreed with Bashir's view of Sarah Palin. Now, Conservatives are calling for another MSNBC host, Melissa Harris Perry, to apologize for making a joke because Mitt Romney's newest grand child is black? Perry is black, herself. She has apologized. The remark was not meant as conservatives thought. But then, you have to understand the conservative mind- paranoid and defensive.  It appears that Liberal talk show host on MSNBC are held to a higher standard for free speech than conservative, duck hunting product manufacturers from Louisiana by CNN and most in the Republican Party. Why is that? Do the critics of Liberal free speech hold us to a higher standard because they believe we should know better at the same time not much is expected from an ignorant reality show host? Phil Robertson says he's not stupid. He's not. Many, on the right side of politics aren't stupid either. We could excuse their remarks if it were that simple. Not knowing any better and not caring if you know any better are two entirely different concepts. It's the latter that we find is the case with Republicans and Mr. Robertson. Crass ignorance, also called supine ignorance, is the ignorance of an ecclesiastical law (or U.S. Constitutional Law), or its penalty- that a person has made no effort to enlighten themselves.  Such ignorance does not excuse a duck product manufacturer or an ex- governor of Alaska or Michele Bachmann from the penalties of ignorant remarks, or at the very least, it shouldn't. But they never pay the price that liberals do. When corporations, like AMC, put their business interests ahead of moral concerns, it rubs against the raw for liberals and thinking people- like AMC has by reinstating Phil Robertson to "Duck Dynasty". I don't care that they did. I don't watch this type of show more than once to see what it's all about. I have friends that watch Duck Dynasty and find it entertaining. I like "NOVA". It's not a judgment on my part, just a preference. But when I see the right wing going after Martin Bashir and now, Melissa Perry Harris about remarks I find OK in the context they were said, I take offense at the double standard of the right. Now CNN chimes in and says it not appropriate? Why? Were Phil Robertson's comments 'OK'? What about the hateful rhetoric that comes regularly from the GOP? There are two sets of standards from our media and conservatives. What's more remarkable has been the resulting hypocrisy, distorting of the Constitution and the media's failing to call out that hypocrisy. While this media-fueled drama played itself out, for now, Liberals must be patient in allowing the conservative side to catch up with what they still fail to comprehend- true freedom of speech and equal rights for everyone- even liberal talk show hosts.

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