of Speech Hypocrites
© 2003 by Tony Medley
a few months back when all those lefties were moaning and groaning over
how poor old Tim Robbins was being mistreated when he tried to speak out
against the war in Iraq? Remember
how they all said that the First Amendment guaranteed freedom of speech,
no matter how unpopular and that poor old Tim was being denied his
Constitutional Right? Remember
how they all put down the Bush Administration, baseball, motherhood and
apple pie because no one would pay any attention to poor old Tim, and
how he was being so unfairly maligned and discriminated against?
Remember all that?
the Writers Guild of America remembered it.
So they got together and advertised that on May 29 they were
going to have a panel discussion on the First Amendment in Times of
Crisis, entitled “We’re Fighting for Freedom of Speech so please
shut up!” Cute, eh?
problem is that this “panel” of “freedom of speech” was stacked.
Instead of having an even number of advocates on each side, the
WGA invited seven people, five of whom were wild-eyed, hair askew
lefties, with only two conservatives.
Worse, they invited Ramona Ripston, the head of the local branch
of the ACLU, a hired gun for leftwing causes and an attorney.
Wouldn’t fairness dictate that an attorney representing the
opposing viewpoint also be on the panel?
Sure it would. That’s why the WGA didn’t invite one. Oh, but they did find a Sandinista to be on the panel!
Say again? Yes, you
read that right. They
couldn’t find it in their hearts to look for an attorney who might
counter Ms. Ripston, BUT THEY FOUND A SANDINISTA!
Well, that sure makes sense.
Turned out the Sandinista was virtually incoherent.
member of the panel for the left was Mike Farrell. You remember him? No?
Well, not many have seen him in an acting job since MASH went off
the air. I wasn’t sure
what Farrell’s qualifications were for the panel, except that he
apparently is able to spell UCLA without making too many mistakes.
He certainly didn’t graduate from UCLA or any other university.
But he’s all over the airwaves with his uneducated, uninformed
views, even on Meet the Press (but, then, MTP is moderated by Tim
Russert, who used to be an advisor for Mario Cuomo, of all people, so,
what are you suspecting from MTP, fairness?).
other lefties were Frank Pierson, a writer-director whose comments
reflected that he must be living in a never-never land only seen in movies,
and Robert Scheer. Nothing
much need be said about Scheer. Loony
Tunes, Merry Melodies comes floatingly to mind.
the right were David Horowitz, a former leftie who had a Road to
Damascus conversion and is now an articulate representative of the
right, and Craig Titley, a screenwriter.
five against two. OK,
let’s begin. Starts off
with Mike Farrell crying crocodile tears over the treatment of Tim
Robbins. Next it was Horowitz’ turn.
Farrell got respectful silence.
Horowitz was greeted by catcalls and booing from the vast
majority of the approximately 300 in attendance.
In fact, from then on, the lefties and all their absurdities were
greeted with respectful silence, murmured agreements, and applause.
Whenever Titley and Horowitz spoke they were instantly
interrupted by catcalls and booing.
They could rarely finish what they were saying.
nobody, including the clueless moderator (Jill Stewart, formerly of the
LA Times which should tell you which side she’s on), got the irony of
the fact that the point of this panel was freedom of speech and respect
for divergent opinions but the audience was not letting Horowitz and
Titley speak. Despite this
glaring incongruity, none of the lefties on the panel ever uttered a
word to quiet the audience so that Horowitz and Titley could speak.
And when one of the members of the audience, a self-identified
liberal who “doesn’t agree with a word Mr. Horowitz says,”
chastised the audience during the Q and A, and said that he was
embarrassed to be a member of the WGA when Messrs. Horowitz and Titley
were treated with such a lack of respect, the moderator jumped on him
and staunchly defended the rudeness of the audience as being
“feisty.” So much for
Freedom of Speech.
yeah. They really never
spoke about the topic of the panel, Freedom of Speech and the First
Amendment. No, they bashed
Bush and talked about which was worse, rescuing Jessica Lynch or the
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (I kid you not!).
When Titley suggested that they were way off point and that they
should get back on topic, he was almost booed offstage, …and his
suggestion totally ignored by Ms. Stewart. In the end, the lefties spoke
for more than 90% of the time, Titley and Horowitz for less than 10%,
and then they were fighting the rudeness of the audience.
Ms. Stewart seemed comfortable with this.
this panel proved is that the vast majority of those in Hollywood are on
the left and that they define hypocrisy.
They don’t give a damn about fairness, dialogue of mutual
respect, or freedom of speech. What
they want is the ability to harangue, spout venom and bias, and speak
without opposition. And
that’s what this panel was all about.
It wasn’t about freedom of speech.
It was about how there is no Freedom of Speech in Hollywood if
you’re not on the left. The
B Story is that the Hollywood lefties want to spin everything to their
twisted view of the world without any opposition because they're scared
witless of the truth. Plain