Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Free Speech Defended, Support of Israel Labeled Hate Speech on CBS's `The Good Wife'

In the episode "Judged," CBS's The Good Wife  turned again to highlighting how the Left curtails freedom of speech.

Liberal lawyer Diane (Christine Baranski) came to the defense of a big client's daughter over a college newspaper op-ed. The student defended Israel against the leftist student council's vote to divest from Israel and boycott Israeli goods from settlements - more university BDS ("Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions") nonsense. 

Stop me if you've heard this before. The op-ed is labeled as hate speech - "It's hate speech, and this campus is supposed to be a safe space!" one student protests to administrators. In true fascist liberal form, the school's student handbook is twisted to allow the censoring of a writer supporting Israel because one special snowflake claimed he felt under attack and disrespected.

Instead of encouraging an honest debate of ideas - you know, like the college experience is supposed to do - the dean of Illinois Park College, a private university, approves shutting down the campus newspaper to "enforce progressive notions of fairness." To counter this, Diane makes the argument that the college is really a state actor - a self-contained mini-city and functioning as such - and thus must obey the First Amendment.

The dean claims the student handbook is legally binding, and includes a mandate to encourage the development of personal responsibility in students. Therefore, since the aggrieved student filed a petition with the student council and the vote was passed to disband the newspaper, he says it was up to the school to enforce the vote.

However, Diane points out that the administration is in charge over the student council, not vice versal - it disciplined a student for going as Caitlyn Jenner for Halloween because it was offensive to transgenders! - and the mediator rules in favor of the young writer and the decision to close the newspaper is reversed.

Freedom of speech is not just for the leftists on college campuses. Labeling a differing opinion as hate speech is standard practice on the left. The lesson learned by the young man who felt hurt by an op-ed? He is no more special than the others on campus. He got schooled the best possible way.



Anonymous said...

Pampered children think that they are special.

Bird of Paradise said...

CBS the Communists Broadcasting System and the spoiled little snots that star in this liberal shows who real'y watches these worthless little wanks anymore?

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

CBS needs a poke in the eye