What Happened to Free Speech in America?

Jeanine Pirro of Fox News came under heavy criticism last weekend for her remarks about Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota representative in the United States House of Congress.

Ms. Pirro made numerous good points. Yet, only one tidbit among her ten minute video editorial was picked up by other media outlets to be aired and declared as a racist rant. Pirro questioned Omar’s wearing of the hijab: “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

Good for her. This is a valid question.

And yet, bad for her. Ms. Pirro’s show got pulled.

WTF? This censorship is a slap in the face for Americans. Freedom corresponds directly with freedom of speech. You can’t oppress just one.

There are much worse clips to share from Jeanine Pirro’s editorial, which the national media is not honing in on. Omar once tweeted, and later apologized for her statement: “May Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

That’s straight-up biblical, archaic, and creepy as hell, all in one sentence.

Another frightening blurby comes from Nancy Pelosi’s justification of Omar’s words: “I don’t think our colleague is an anti-Semitic. I think she has a different experience in the use of words, doesn’t understand that some of them are fraught with meaning that she, what (sic) didn’t realize.”

This nice defense claims that Omar is an idiot who doesn’t know what she is talking about. Ironically, Pelosi’s words are a catch-22 with regards to stupidity.

Yet, questionable media behavior involves a one-sided campaign.

The pulling of Ms. Pirro’s show makes the United States no better than North Korea or Saudi Arabia or [insert country here] where media control abounds, and people become afraid to speak their minds.

Currently, Americans should fear for their jobs lest they talk about anything but the weather. What’s next?

Whether you agree with one’s opinion or not, freedom demands that all should be heard.

As for Jeanine Pirro: Has she apologized? Thankfully, no. That would make her just another American hypocrite, of which there are too many already.

Wilfred Knight

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