As The Daily Caller, a 24-hour news site founded by conservative pundit Tucker Carlson and former Cheney aide Neil Patel, has reported, a liberal group known as Media Matters has not only fed talking points to some reporters and opinion columnists, it has been campaigning to get people fired when they hold ideas with which the left disagrees. According to the Caller, Media Matters hired people to investigate the lives of Fox News employees and compiled an "enemies list." Media Matters didn't respond directly to the charges; its founder, David Brock, instead pointed to Reuters' criticism of the Caller's "bad journalism" and "lame propaganda" as the reason for Media Matters' silence.
These and many other attempts to suppress speech and force people into a universal and "acceptable" belief system harm freedom. Suppressing speech changes not a single mind. The freedom to debate ideas and present arguments in support of a position is what separates the United States from most other nations.
Do we want to become like countries that have the equivalent of "thought police," smothering speech and penalizing anyone who refuses to toe the party line? Should I be prevented from asking this question?
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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