Found this article interesting and to the point as that it is from across the pond and even there a change is seen in America and how are country has been changing. Free speech is one issue and another has also come into question as to what the federal government chooses to spend our money on when they decide to sue a state and overlooking someone's right to vote when armed men are posted outside the polling place. Heaven forbid you wish anyone a Merry Christmas or God Bless a sneeze...............
Journalists are being fired for saying what they think while politicians on the Left and Right are being allowed to get away without being questioned, laments Toby Harnden.
Freedom of speech may be part of the United States Constitution but perhaps the First Amendment that enshrines it could do with a caveat or two being added.
Congress may make no law “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press”, the Bill of Rights lays down. That still holds true but, increasingly, speaking freely can get you fired or tarred for life.
Even more ominously, the internet and the increased ease of free communication is allowing the cannier politicians to escape scrutiny rather than be held to account.
Ironically, it is the mainstream media itself that is on the attack against press freedom. Last week, Octavia Nasr, a Lebanese Christian who was CNN’s Senior Editor for Arab Affairs, was summarily fired after 20 years for tweeting that she was “sad” about the death of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, describing him as “one of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot”.