Actor Jon Lovitz was flummoxed that his expletive-laced, anti-Obama diatribe made international news. “Because I criticized the President, it’s news?” Lovitz tweeted incredulously. “Last I checked, he’s President, not King! This is America! Freedom of Speech. what’s the bfd?”
Once upon a time criticizing the king or the government was a crime called seditious libel:
John Peter Zenger was arrested and imprisoned for seditious libel in 1734 after his newspaper criticized the colonial governor of New York. Zenger spent nearly 10 months in jail before being acquitted by a jury in August 1735. One hundred years later, Nova Scotia’s Joseph Howe also won a jury acquittal on a charge of seditious libel after his newspaper printed allegations that local politicians and police were stealing from the people.
Ever wonder why Jon Stewart doesn’t make fun of Obama? He doesn’t want to anger the Obot brownshirts.