In an interview with the cretinous James Comey that aired Monday, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked if the FBI should have intervened when Trump rally attendees chanted “Lock her up.”
Because apparently Christiane believes chanting stuff at a campaign rally should be a Federal crime.
AMANPOUR: Of course, “Lock her up” was a feature of the 2016 Trump campaign. Do you, in retrospect, wish that people like yourself, the head of the FBI, I mean, the people in charge of law and order – had shut down that language? That it was dangerous potentially, that it could have created violence, that it’s kind of hate speech? Should that have been allowed?
Now, credit where credit is due, even this kind of egregious assault on the First Amendment was too much for the slimy former FBI Director.
Comey told her in no uncertain terms “that’s not a role for government to play.”
I wonder how Christiane feels about crowds chanting “Impeach 45” at every event Maxine Waters appears at. Think that bothers her?
Hahahahahaha! Who am I kidding?!
“It ought to be illegal to chant someone should be locked up” ranks among the most hilariously self-defeating arguments I’ve heard on cable news— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) April 2, 2019
How much of an idiot would a “journalist” have to be to even ask this kind of stupid question?
Well, Christiane Amanpour is just that much of an idiot.
When it comes to President Trump and his supporters, so-called “journalists” have no problem crapping all over our First Amendment rights.
But naturally Christiane believes the “freedom of the press” part of the First Amendment is sacrosanct.
In a column for CNN back in November 2017, Christiane wrote:
At this time of year, we would do well to remember that we are in fact the people’s best friends. Remember that anywhere in the world, only the truth we fight for guarantees freedom.
Ah, yes. Because my best friends always wish the FBI would “shut down” my freedom of speech.
With best friends like these, who needs totalitarians?
And unaccountable lies lead only to enslavement.
I wonder if Christiane considers the unaccountable lies CNN has peddled for the last two-plus years are a form of enslavement.
I’m guessing no.
We journalists will continue to wage this battle.
“…by having our enemies jailed for chanting things like ‘Lock Her Up.'”
The free press must not be demonized.
But we knuckle-dragging, “Lock Her Up”-chanting Trump supporters?
Hell, we can be demonized all the live-long day.
What Christiane fails to grasp is that President Trump has never demonized the Free Press. Instead, he reserves his attacks for the lying, duplicitous, agenda-driven hacks peddling fake news while trying to ruin the lives of private citizens.
I did a quick search of Christiane’s Twitter feed and discovered that she used to feel very differently about an American’s right to free speech.
When, in 2012, the Florida Marlins suspended Manager Ozzie Guillen for five games after he praised Fidel Castro, Amanpour was none too happy about it.
I just came back from Cuba where freedom of speech is scarce. But what about freedom of speech in the U.S.? | http://t.co/kOAphwX7— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) April 12, 2012
Then again, maybe that’s because Guillen was praising Castro.
Maybe if Christiane discovered that he attended a Trump rally and chanted “Lock Her Up,” she’d demand he not only be fired, but “shut down” by the FBI.
Of course Christiane was born in London where there is such a thing as arresting people for “hate speech.”
And maybe, despite her decades in America, Christiane forgot that here in the United States, there is no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment.
Or, maybe she’s just an idiot.
The fact is, CNN as a whole has a problem with we hoi polloi having Freedom of Speech.
After all, this is the network that harassed and threatened to doxx the maker of the Donald Trump wrestling video.
It’s also the network that picks up and runs with every Media Matters-driven boycott of whatever Fox News personality has their knickers in a twist.
And, lest we forget, CNN also led the charge to drive Alex Jones off social media.
So is it at all surprising that, after working on and off at CNN for the last thirty years, Christiane Amanpour shares this desire to “shut down” speech with which she disagrees?
This kind of totalitarian impulse runs rampant among our elite betters in the corporate media.
And, to use a ubiquitous phrase, that’s why Trump won.
We’ve been ignored, insulted, scoffed at, and now are told to shut up or else.
What idiots like Christiane Amanpour don’t grasp is that doubling down on this desire to criminalize Free Speech isn’t going to end the way they hope.
Instead, it’s only going to help Trump win in 2020.
So, I guess I should say thank you, Christiane.
You might be an idiot. But, from where I’m standing, you’re of the “useful” variety.
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