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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Spike Lee on free speech, and why the state should get out of the business of licensing media

MSNBC reported that American Filmmaker Spike Lee defended a free press Friday during a visit to Venezuela to screen his 1989 film "Do The Right Thing."

Lee said there are "no circumstances" under which news media should be silenced.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is looking to revoke the licenses of 240 private radio stations and Globovision, a “strongly anti-Chavez TV channel.”

While support for a free press is popular even among Hollywood leftists like Lee, the bigger issue here is the government licensing of media outlets. When media businesses operate only at the pleasure of the government and regulators through licensing requirements, the notion of a free press becomes a fiction.

This is as true in Venezuela, as it is in Canada.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on July 26, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

"While support for a free press is popular even among Hollywood leftists like Lee"

This is spectacularly false, they supported Obama en masse, a candidate who openly campaigned on a platform to expand hate speech provisions. Restrictions on free speech are wholly leftist in origin. And then there is the n word; if Lee and his kind - blacks - were about free speech they wouldn't freak out over the use of the n word and advocate criminal charges and ending peoples' careers over the use of it.

Free speech is entirely white/European in origin; pointing to a race hustling Obama supporting hate speech provision condoning Hollywood black man with serious hate issues towards whites, who invented free speech, as a free speech supporter is preposterous and a transparent attempt at political correctness. Nice try Matthew.

Posted by: 5324523523 | 2009-07-26 6:14:21 PM


Matthew is of course correct. Leftists love freedom of speech when it is their speech that is being highlighted.

Posted by: DML | 2009-07-26 6:56:13 PM


Hey, so he's a hypocrite. But, he is right in this case.

Posted by: Dennis Young | 2009-07-26 7:35:54 PM


Is that the same guy, who criticized Clint Eastwood for not having enough black actors, in a movie about the Japanese army?

The guy has one agenda. He wouldn't defend anyone else's right to free speech. Not a white person's, at least.

Screw him. "Do The Right Thing" sucked.

Posted by: dp | 2009-07-26 9:18:37 PM


Hollywood says they support free speech while theu pay homage and fealty to the tyrants of the world. Hollywood is only interested in its own free speech as long as its leftist free speech.

Posted by: GeronL | 2009-07-27 12:09:04 AM


It doesn't matter about personal agendas or who supported who in the election, what matters is his point, and he's right, government should have nothing to do with speech or licensing media. The CRTC should be abolished.

Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 7:47:21 AM


Scott- I think it does matter what his personal agenda is. If you attach yourself to someone on one issue, it's difficult to disengage, when he goes off the wall on some other issues.

Posted by: dp | 2009-07-27 8:58:47 AM


@ dp "I think it does matter what his personal agenda is"

In some cases. In the case of government controlled media, I think the point can be made regardless of his agenda. A few folks are saying things like "leftists" in a way that demotes his message without judging the message itself, that's where the error comes in.

Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 9:24:36 AM


Precisely Scott, just because he is wrong on other issues does not mean he is wrong regarding this one.

Posted by: Charles | 2009-07-27 9:44:31 AM


What about the fact that Spike is racist, in the extreme?

If Achmydinnersgone comes out in favour of the seal hunt, does he get your support?

Posted by: dp | 2009-07-27 10:12:17 AM


"What about the fact that Spike is racist, in the extreme? "

To atack the person instead of thier message is a logical fallicy, it doesn't make him wrong on everything just becasue he's wrong on some things.

Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 10:23:28 AM


The CRTC should be abolished.
Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 7:47:21 AM

This has been debated ad nauseum on the WS. I will ask you one question: Who do you propose manages Canada's spectrum?

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-27 10:43:45 AM


"Who do you propose manages Canada's spectrum?"

Consumers, providers, the market.

Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 1:15:05 PM


"Free speech is entirely white/European in origin; pointing to a race hustling Obama supporting hate speech provision condoning Hollywood black man with serious hate issues towards whites, who invented free speech, as a free speech supporter is preposterous and a transparent attempt at political correctness."

Warman?

Posted by: Timothy Shaw-Zak | 2009-07-27 1:55:46 PM


We've banned this guy many times, Timothy. He manages to bypass our IP ban.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-07-27 2:06:25 PM


You've never, ever banned me, Matthew, I am not a mind reader and if you don't want my commentary here you need to say that publicly, ideally with a satisfactory explanation. You can't ban ideas, though, and I'm not sure you're not confusing me with somebody else.

Much of what you post here at the WS is debatable to say the least and to the extent that you're, frankly, a nasty bunch of crypto-statists, I'll have to reflect upon the appropriateness of you posing as a conservative-libertarian publication, when that's clearly not the case, and respond accordingly.

Posted by: 5324523523 | 2009-07-27 3:22:36 PM


Crypto-statists. Gotcha.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-07-27 3:41:37 PM


"Who do you propose manages Canada's spectrum?"
Consumers, providers, the market.
Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 1:15:05 PM

The standard answer from someone who doesn't know what they are talking about.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-27 3:58:45 PM


"The standard answer from someone who doesn't know what they are talking about."

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-27 3:58:45 PM

Do you have something productive to add?

Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 4:42:01 PM


Do you have something productive to add?
Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 4:42:01 PM

I just did.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-27 5:18:55 PM


Scott,

I wouldn't bother. From the CRTC, to our money supply and banking, to Health Canada, these fascists think we need to regulate everything and then ignorantly call it a different kind of capitalism.

Posted by: Charles | 2009-07-27 6:16:53 PM


Do you have something productive to add?
Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 4:42:01 PM

I just did.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-27 5:18:55 PM

I happen to have decent knowledge of the CRTC and regulation of media in Canada becasue I have been working in broadcasting for over 10 years, but we all know that I'm just a young punk hack that doesn't know what he's talking about right?

Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 7:16:36 PM


Scott,
I wouldn't bother. From the CRTC, to our money supply and banking, to Health Canada, these fascists think we need to regulate everything.......
Posted by: Charles | 2009-07-27 6:16:53 PM

Oh my fascists. Lets say that there is a TV or radio station that broadcasts on a certain frequency. And I feel that I want to broadcast on the same frequency. Who gets that spectrum? Now do the same thing for cell phones, satellite, etc. Unless you have some form of regulation you'll have chaos.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-27 7:19:26 PM


I happen to have decent knowledge of the CRTC and regulation of media in Canada becasue I have been working in broadcasting for over 10 years,
Posted by: Scott Carnegie | 2009-07-27 7:16:36 PM

And as you live in Manitoba you either work for Can West, a radio station or as an Avid editor on some junk that ends up on the CBC. If it wasn't for the CRTC you wouldn't have a job in the "broadcasting" market.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-27 7:32:10 PM


The message that Spike Lee is sending about the lack of free speech in Venezuela is important for the international community to hear. Examining the facts of the country's recent history make that clear.

Posted by: Catalina | 2009-07-28 3:02:31 PM



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