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8-25-2009 @ 2:19PM
18th Century, I had in mind something like the Alien & Sedition Acts. Kind of out there, I guess...it applies more directly to Bossy's below than to yours. The idea that things we disagree with SHOULD NOT BE COVERED.The immaturity of it is this idea that allowing someone to say his piece without comment is necessarily an endorsement of that person's viewpoint. The 20/20 reference above is a good one. You'll see murderers, rapists and frauds interviewed on the news all the time (here in the US...I should stop assuming everyone I talk to is in this country), but you don't see them berated and insulted unless you're watching one of those sensationalistic cable news shows. On a real news program, they ask the questions and let the monster say what the monster wants to say. It's more interesting and illuminating that way. But it's obviously not an endorsement of murder, rape or fraud.
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