Via Hot Air:
PROTESTER: We’re at a point in our history where we need to be a little more open-minded. Um, a little bit more liberal on views all across the board.
WEISSMUELLER: [The] Kochs self-describe as libertarian, and they fund a lot of groups that are against the drug war. The LA Times came out against Prop 19, which would have legalized marijuana in LA, and they’ve pushed anti-dispensary measures. Are you worried that in some sense they would push the LA Times to the left on those kind of issues?
PROTESTER: Um, I believe that regardless of their views, it’s not what the general populace needs.
Apparently the LA Times is up for sale and the billionaire Koch (pronounced “coke”) brothers are believed to be interested in buying the rag. This possibility has the Vile Progs’ collective panties in a bunch.
I guess freedom is a difficult concept for some people.
Yes, the Koch brothers are feelthy riche bazillionaires. So is George Soros. Show me a major media outlet (print, radio or television) that is owned by a Joe or Jane Bagodonuts. But the Koch’s wealth isn’t the real issue here, it’s their politics.
You cannot suppress alternative points of view in the name of freedom. Liberty and censorship are mutually exclusive and the remedy for “bad” speech is more speech. That’s what the whole “marketplace of ideas” concept is all about.
I certainly don’t want the Vile Progs deciding how much “freedom” I need and what ideas I should be allowed to hear.
“America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the ‘land of the free'”.
(Michael Douglas in “The American President”)