It appears difficult to publish articles pertaining to racism, unless the racist in question is white skinned. It also appears difficult to publish articles pertaining to same-sex marriage if the article is anti-same-sex marriage; even if the article is presented as a polite, rational opinion. Do special interests groups control not only America, but even our freedom of speech?
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Every effort has an impact. Should people be allowed to disrupt a political speech. Should unproved and unattributed online comments be protected, a journalist does not have unique rights, Is all science good. Some court issues should be private.
lone77star, great answer.
Freedom of the press dose not guarantee you will be published or make money. As I understand your hubs were published without ads. Your freedom was not violated. Every outlet has standards. That is their right to a free press.
You miss the point. I'm asking about speech in America, not merely Constitutionally granted speech. Everywhere in the world, there is or there is not freedom of speech. Culture, religion, Corp. curtail speech as much as gov. does.
My point was that you have freedom of speech. You wrote a Hub. You stated an opinion. Any publication can set guidelines regarding content and conflicts with advertising. You got caught in the middle. Your freedom exists, you may need another outlet.
I think we're getting closer to an understanding, but not quite. Freedom speech is more than talking. It's avenues available for listening. Road blocks are established everywhere if a corporation, religion, or culture does not want to hear it.
Freedom of speech in guarantee in the Constitution. There is no mandate that anyone has to read or hear what you write. Companies engage in communications have to exercise some judgment. My old paper rejected letters from the KKK,. Do you fault that
Your missing the point. I'm not demanding your paper print- anything I write. What I am saying is information is controlled by those w/power to control it. THAT compromises freedom of speech. Speech can be controlled & bottled up & never be
Free speech requires dedication. Sometimes you have to work harder to get your message to the masses. You can voice your opinion to friends, neighbors, etc. Be accurate and not offensive. No one is going to stop you. Finding an audience can be hard.
I agree dedication may be required. If an opinion is contrary to popular opinion, there may be many obstacles to overcome. It has been my experience that whether an opinion is believed or not, people flock to the popular one & roadblock all els
Well, we can go on forever on this. I can only speak as a former reporter and editorial writer. I was able to exercise my 1st amendment rights, as long as I was accurate, newsworthy and in line with the publisher's way of thinking--no problem there.
I agree. I don't think we disagree, we r just arguing from 2 different angles. Yours is the ability to say it. Mine is the Corp/Religious/Cultural/Job losses that result from it.