In a really good little speech last night, Bill Maher berated and scolded liberals for being absolute hypocrites on free speech.
More from the Hill:
Maher, noting that Jones has “told crazy lies” about him, said on his HBO show Friday that “if you’re a liberal, you’re supposed to be for free speech.”
“That’s free speech for the speech you hate. That’s what free speech means. We’re losing the thread of the concepts that are important to this country,” he continued.
“If you care about the real American shit or you don’t. And if you do, it goes for every side. I don’t like Alex Jones, but Alex Jones gets to speak. Everybody gets to speak,” Maher said.
Although I agree with Maher, Sykes has a pretty good response.
Charlie Sykes, a contributing editor for The Weekly Standard, pushed back on Maher’s comments, saying that Jones “doesn’t necessarily get to speak on Facebook or Twitter,” to which the host agreed.
“If he engages in vile slander and fabrication about children who are murdered at Sandy Hook and he harasses the parents of children who were murdered at Sandy Hook … Facebook, Twitter don’t have an obligation to provide him a platform because they’re private companies,” Sykes said.
I have to admit I’m still divided on this issue. I absolutely despise Alex Jones for being a scumbag peddling conspiracy lies that have radicalized the stupid and weaponized ignorance, but I’m worried that social media companies are such big platforms that they approach being more like utilities than private companies.
But, good for Maher for at least seeing the hypocrisy of the left on this one. On this issue, and on the threat from Islam, he’s very good. Pretty bad on everything else, unfortunately.
Also, that Adam guy is stupid and annoying.