As always, the Internets continues to change American culture and now politicos and policy makers are pushing back.
A quick survey of the free speech debate along with a local connection and inspiration . . .
Earlier today we noted that KSHB 41 newsie Christa Dubill was hanging it up to spend more time with her family. Here's what the "news" missed . . .
In a public post garnering thousands of views shared via FB, former KSHB worker Lisa Benson called out Ms. Dubill amid a dispute, now settled, over alleged racial discrimination.
"According to the call taker’s report, Christa Dubill told the operator: “Since January 2018, Lisa, an African American reporter, has been very hostile towards white women at work.” and she “feels that Lisa is grouping white women into a category of weakness and that is not right.” 'Remember, I didn’t write the article.'"
"In federal court, when Christa was asked about examples of my “hostility towards white women” and the dates, she brought into question the accuracy of the call taker.
"Nonetheless, Christa is still trusted to honestly tell the stories of all people in the Kansas City, Missouri metro and on NBC News."
The station manged to stifle most debate on the topic until this afternoon . . . When Ms. Dubill resigned, supposedly, to spend more time with her family.
Somewhat related on the topic of talk . . .
Youtube's comment crackdown is actually less controversial but has garnered nearly instant condemnation from their community.
And on the subject of consequences for speech and actions allegedly motivated by bias. Prez Trump is breaking new ground with his declaration against Antisemitism today.
A quick breakdown of our favorite links on this topic tonight:
Seeking 'Family Time' Refuge, Still Under Fire From Critics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After more than a dozen years at KSHB-TV, anchor Christa Dubill, has announced plans to leave the station by the end of the year. Dubill, who has most recently anchored the 5, 6 and 10 pm newscasts with co-anchor Kevin Holmes, said her family life is at the cornerstone of her decision.
Social Media Comment Crackdown Backstory
Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing - and changing us. YouTube announced on Wednesday that it's making long-awaited changes to its harassment policy, saying it will tighten rules around what's considered a threat and toughen punishment for repeat offenders.
Right Wing Reax
Conservative media figures are deriding a new YouTube policy on hate speech, arguing it censors free speech and could have a disproportionate impact on right-leaning commentators. Announced on Wednesday, the policy seemed to come in reaction to a months-long controversy surrounding comedian Steven Crowder and his comments about Vox writer Carlos Maza's sexuality.
Prez Trump Flexes Against Antisemitism Via Federal Funds
Donald Trump has signed an executive order that empowers the US education department to penalise college campuses by withholding federal funds from those that are deemed to be tolerating antisemitism by allowing debate critical of Israel. Trump's order, announced on Wednesday evening from the White House, was pitched as a move to push back on rising antisemitism on American campuses.
MAGA AGAINST BDS!!!
President Donald Trump planned to sign an executive order Wednesday that would effectively reclassify Judaism as both a race or nationality and a religion under federal law so that the Education Department can take direct action against what he views as anti-Semitism on college campuses, administration officials said.
Free Speech Implications
subscribe to The NPR Politics Podcast podcast President Trump will sign an executive order that will make Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act apply to anti-Semitic acts, the White House said on Wednesday. The order is generating concern that it will stifle free speech by those who oppose Israel's policy toward the Palestinians.
1st Amendment Big Picture
Whatever happened to the idea that colleges and universities were sanctuaries of free speech, where academics and students could vigorously study and debate differing ideas? Why have so many institutions of higher learning-once regarded as bastions of vigorous, honest scholarship, where the search for truth was inviolable-morphed into places of intolerance and rigid ideological conformity?
And so we ask our blog community . . .
IS INTERNETS FREE SPEECH UNDER ATTACK FROM BOTH LEFT & RIGHT OR ARE NEW POLICIES SIMPLY OFFERING MORE ACCOUNTABILITY?!?!
You decide . . .