There Are People In The World . . . who I am Certain – are as Focused on the Absolute Right to Freedom of Expression as I am. But I Doubt If More-So Than Me.
There Is No Question In My Mind . . . None Whatsoever, that Freedom of Expression is the Unconditional Foundation to all of our Other Freedoms, which we should all Cherish, which Many People Unfortunately Take for Granted.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH . . . IS JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG:
Remember This . . . Freedom of Expression is what Encompasses Free Speech, which is just one Component of Freedom of Expression. For Example; what if the “State” were to Dictate that you Could Say Something, But You Can’t Write It? Or you Can’t Disseminate your Thoughts, Opinions & Conclusions in Printed Flyers, Magazines, Newspapers, Billboards, On the Internet . . . Or Wherever?
We Have A Remedy For Untruths & Defamation . . . It’s Called The Justice System.
The Problem With The Justice System . . . is that Justice Delayed is Justice Denied, which is a Seriously Chronic Problem in our North American Societies, which it Doesn’t have to be.
But Even More-So, there are Several other More Egregious Faults with our Freedom of Expression, which Include the Spoken & Written Word, when in the House, the Senate or Parliament (Canada), Lying & Defamation are Protected Speech From Prosecution . . . By Government Fiat.
Kind Of Says It All Doesn’t It?
I Remember When Leader of the Senate Harry Reid, after Announcing his Impending 2017-Retirement, was Asked by CNN Taking Head – Dana Bash, on March 31, 2015 if Reid was somehow Bothered that he (Reid) Lied (McCarthyite Tactics) about then Candidate Mitt Romney’s – Not Paying His Taxes, Stated while Reid was in the Senate Chamber. Reid’s Answer Was . . . “Romney Didn’t Win, Did He”?
It is an Abuse of Freedom of Expression when Extremely Dishonest People like Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and all Others Shield themselves from their Lies & Defamations Behind the Walls of Congress or Parliament . . . Because To Them – It’s Only All About Politics.
But It’s Not Only All About Politics . . . It’s About Integrity, Personal Values & Trust.
If the People Cannot Trust what is Said by the Politicians . . . What Makes any of the Politicians Worthy of Holding any Kind of Public Office? And What Kind of Message does that Send to all the People?
What Kind Of Nation Votes-For & Supports Public Duplicity?
Past President Obama Stated Repeatedly . . . That with Obamacare (Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act), Everyone Would Have Access to Healthcare, the Price of Healthcare would Fall by $2500 Per Family, Everyone could Keep his or her Doctor, and Everyone could Keep their Hospital . . . None Of That Was True & Obama Knew It When He Said It. So, Obama was Either a Liar or the Absolute Dumbest Person to ever Occupy the White House.
And Why Should Politicians Be Able to Lie, Defame, Disparage & Ruin Lives In The Process . . . And Get Away With It?
THEN THERE’S THE MEDIA . . . LIARS OF THE MOST REPREHENSIBLE KIND:
The First Line Of Defense For Our Freedoms . . . Whether we’re a Democracy like Canada or a Constitutional Republic like the United States of America is the Media.
An Honest Aggressive Media . . . is the Most Important Element, which a Free Society Has to Keep the Inside Barbarians . . . From Opening The Gates To Tyranny.
SO WHAT HAPPENS . . . When the Media Becomes Part of the Tyranny & Does the Beckoning of those who are Bound & Determined to Usurp the Freedoms, which Give the Power to the People to Govern those . . . who We The People Chose to Do our Government Bidding?
The Media Worldwide Is In Dire Financial Consequence For Immutable Reasons Of Their Own Making.
Do You Remember Nick Sandmann, The 16-Year Old High School Student from Covington Catholic High School, who was Waiting for the School Bus to Take Sandmann and his Fellow Students back Home, after their High School Visit to the Washington Mall, when Sandmann was Aggressively Confronted at the Lincoln Memorial by an Elderly Native Troublemaker (Nathan Phillips), Banging on his Drum while Chanting in Sandmann’s Face?
CNN & A Host Of Other Prominent News Media . . . All Colluded to Paint Nickolas Sandmann as an Aggressive WHITE Kid Wearing a MAGA Hat – Who Insulted & Confronted An Elderly Native American Vietnam War Veteran.
Like Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal Who LIED Without Consequence About Stolen Valor . . . Philips Never Went To Vietnam.
In This Case . . . CNN Paid an Expensive Defamation Price to Nick Sandmann, as will Other Media, as their Feet will Also be Held to the Fire by Sandmann’s Lawyers. But the Problem is – We Don’t Know How Much CNN Was Punished Monetarily, Because The Settlement Was Sealed. It Shouldn’t Have Been.
The News Media Doesn’t Have The Right To Create News . . . Nor Does the News Media have the Right . . . To Get It Accurate MOST Of The Time.
The Media Has The OBLIGATION To Get It Right 100% . . . All The Time.
MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT . . . SOCIAL MEDIA IS THE MEDIA:
Why Should The Media Have Any Privileges Which Are Unavailable To Everyone Else?
It Used To Bother Me . . . when Pundits like Bill O’Reilly Used their Time on Mainstream Formats like Fox News – To Make Fun-Of . . . and Diminish (Demean) People (Bloggers) like me, as Jerks who are Sitting in their Parents Basement in their Underwear Pretending to be Journalists.
Three Points . . .
1 – I Don’t Sit In My Parents’ Basement. My Parents Are Deceased.
2 – I Don’t Sit & Write In My Underwear.
3 – Where’s O’Reilly Now?
The Point Is . . . I & Other People just Like me, are No Less a Part of the Media, than are the Failing Mainstream Media, with the Exception, that People like Me are Not Failing. As a Matter of Fact, we are Very Much an Essential Cog in the New Media, which is Growing in Numbers & Audience, and should Garner the Same Respect Accorded to the Media, which unlike BLOGS like Galganov.com . . . are Proving Themselves to be Unworthy.
If What I & Others Write Or Say (Podcasts) . . . Prove to be Inaccurate or Dishonest, we Wouldn’t have an Audience to Speak-Of, and we Wouldn’t Matter, which is what’s Happening to the Mainstream Media.
As For The New Social Media – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Google, Yahoo – Etc . . . They Pretend Not to be the News Media, because it’s Convenient for them to Suck & Blow at the same Time.
But Just Like Galganov.com . . . Is a Member Of the New Media (Predominantly Opinion-Media), How Does that Differentiate Galganov.com from the Aforementioned Social Media, which is Used in Great Measure to Promote Opinions & Ideas? And In Many Cases Hard News?
Shouldn’t All the New Media Be Held To The Same Standard As I Hold Myself?
When President Trump Points-Out . . . That the New Media, just like the Mainstream Media are Unfair & Dishonest, when it Comes to How they Present President Donald Trump . . . The President Isn’t Wrong.
And If President Trump Should Decide . . . To Regulate the New Media, in Terms of Fairness, Honesty & Accuracy – Who Could Argue?
As An Unabashed Proponent Of Freedom Of Expression . . . I Sure Couldn’t Argue.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov