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From: Jason Diederich <email@example.com>
Date: Apr 12, 2007 12:36 PM
Subject: Imus and Free Speech
Did I miss something in the Imus case? Does he hold some position of power over Rutgers University that requires their basketball team to hold a press conference over a reference to them as badly-coiffed prostitutes? Was there a greater context to the message that wasn't reported in the coverage, which has lasted for more days than the reported offense has words?
I personally have be called much worse things than a "nappy-headed ho." If we are going to endorse a revocation of any pretense of free speech in our country, rather than simply telling these women to get on with their lives, then I don't think that rap "artists" should be the conservative extension of the argument. Let's go after people like Michael Moore, who continually refer to our armed forces in Iraq as "boys" and other euphemisms designed to disempower them (that is the pretext of the uproar over Imus' statement, correct?) by casting these modern heroes as victims and dupes. Let's go after Bill Keller of the New York Times, who abused free speech by publicly revealing classified information, thereby doing irreparable damage to our national security.
Jason C. Diederich
SGT Jason C. Diederich, MOArNG