Free speech has never been more secure


Published: Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 9:49 p.m.
From among the many possible responses to Joe Little's Jan. 11 letter, mine was outright laughter. From his perch in the alternative universe that some University of Florida faculty members inhabit, Little claimed that President Bush's "Nazis" threaten our free speech, and that (drumroll, please) "big media" is in league with Bush!
How funny that Little's letter appeared the same day the story on CBS' "60 Minutes Wednesday" report broke. To anyone paying attention, that story shows just how hard big media was trying to defeat Bush, as they played up stories showing Bush in a poor light, no matter how farfetched, while simultaneously ignoring big questions about Kerry (to wit: the Swift Boat Veterans' allegations).
Furthermore, the Rathergate train wreck demonstrates the incredible influence of the new media. Within hours, bloggers recognized the infamous memos as fakes and began exposing CBS' fraud.
The Internet-based journalists, from Democratic Underground to Power Line, provide powerful means to ensure that Little's claim of "a few dominating voices [squelching] the multitude of small ones" cannot happen.
Free speech has never been more secure. CBS laid low by amateur bloggers is a case in point.
Finally, isn't it amusing that those like Little who claim the sky is falling on free speech don't have any trouble seeing their wild accusations printed in the local paper?
Jeff Meling, Gainesville

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