There's been a lot of talk about "fake news" lately, apparently because some people blame it for Donald Trump's election. Over at Bloomberg View, columnist Noah Feldman, who's also a professor of constitutional and international law at Harvard, thinks it's time to do something about it. Basically, he doesn't think our experiment with free speech is working out: In the free … [Read more...] about The Worst Way To Fight Fake News
A few months ago I complained that New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and other state Attorneys General appeared to be starting a campaign to intimidate climate skeptics and/or deniers under the guise of investigating ExxonMobil.Now comes news of a counterattack: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) has issued congressional subpoenas for Schneiderman and … [Read more...] about A Bad Remedy For Bad Climate Speech, Again
When I'm reading a news story, there are two words which almost guarantee I'll be cringing by the end: Attorneys general. The position of attorney general is usually seen as a stepping stone to higher office, so it's often occupied by some subspecies of spotlight-seeking control freak. Just one of them would be bad enough, but when a bunch of attorneys general from different … [Read more...] about A Bad Remedy For Bad Climate Speech
I was disappointed that the Trump rally on Friday here in Chicago was cancelled. It's not that I was planning to go, but it was disappointing the way it happened. And I'm disappointed that folks on the left are applauding it or taking credit for it.To be sure, Trump brought it on himself. The aphorisms are plentiful: You reap what you sow. Live by the sword, die by the … [Read more...] about Even Trump Has Freedom of Speech
Rapper Chief Keef was originally scheduled to perform at the Red Moon Theater in Chicago at a benefit for the family of Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old baby killed in a car accident. However, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office put pressure on the venue to cancel the concert, The city called Red Moon and requested they not host the concert, calling Chief Keef "an unacceptable role … [Read more...] about Censorious Thugs Detected In the Holodeck!