Really interesting conversation between Bill Maher and Alex Marlow, editor-in-chief of Breitbart News. All this talk of the left and the right needing to sing Kumbaya and start hanging out more on the weekends, Maher and Marlow did just that. By having a serious conversation about free speech.
This is a time-stamped video. Maher wanted to talk about OMG RUSSIA for the first segment. You’re free to watch it, of course.
MAHER: If Obama was Julius Caesar and he got stabbed, I think liberals would be angry about that.
MARLOW: Oh, absolutely. It would be bedlam in the media. The same thing with the Kathy Griffin thing, with holding up President Trump’s head with blood on it, which was not funny. It was bizarre performance art.
MAHER: I disagree with that too. I don’t think they should have Trump playing Julius Caesar and getting stabbed, and I hate Trump. So we’re agreeing that there are some places where free speech does pause.
MARLOW: It’s bad strategy certainly to put that out there because they all look like hysterical lunatics.
MARLOW: What’s happened is that corporations are now deciding what’s free and fair speech, who can make a living, what opinions can make a living. Now you’re seeing the right fight fire with fire and want boycotts of when the left takes it too far in their Trump hatred. It’s a very dangerous path we’re on. People on the left and the right who are free speech advocates need to come together and say that corporations are not going to define the First Amendment and free speech in this country.
COUGH ::facebookzuckerberg:: COUGH (see Former Facebook Employees SPECIFICALLY NAME ‘Steven Crowder’ As Blacklisted News Site and Facebook Admits to Censoring Conservative Websites…).
One of my favorite new expressions is “Multiple things can be true at once.” We can each have our own opinions on Marlow, Maher, Trump, Griffin, etc. Regardless of where Maher or Marlow lines up on OMG RUSSIA or how they like to slice their bread, they both have good points about the war on free speech. We’re starting to see this bleed onto the right, as well. We’re reaching a point of no return. Overreaction and outrage culture are replacing dialogue and thought. Tribalism is starting to replace conservatism. Rage is replacing justification. Feelings replacing thought.
This next year is going to be interesting. I don’t think the sides are going to be traditional left vs right. What say you?