Free Speech Comes with a Price

Colorado State University student newspaper, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, printed an interesting editorial that used a four letter expletive directed toward President Bush in which the editorial staff basically told the President to have sexual relations with himself.

The Rocky Mountain Collegian published an editorial on page 4 of the paper Friday which read “Taser this … F*** Bush.”

The expletive was spelled out.

The last two words were in bold type, larger than most headlines. A caption below said, “this column represents the views of the Collegian’s Editorial Board.” ABC 7 News Denver

I have no problem with this because I figure that it is a college newspaper written by the same liberal idiots whose parents show up at anti war protests. These are the children and grandchildren of the dope smoking, acid dropping hippies that littered the country with their unwashed free sex bodies and did little to actually make the place any better. These kids are nothing more than the 2007 version of liberal twits who want to make a statement, and that is just fine. I have not figured out how the taser comment fits in with Bush since he had nothing to do with a Libertarian who was tasered at a Kerry speech. They must be confused but then again, too many drugs can do that to people.

The paper though, has lost about $30,000 in advertising revenue as ads were pulled by those whose business supports the paper. I will certainly agree that the paper had a right to print this but I don’t want to hear the Dixie Chick version of events take place here. I do not want to hear this paper or its editorial board complain that their rights are being violated because people are pulling money out. Natalie Maines pulled this same crap after she ran off at the mouth and Dixie Slut record sales and air play plummeted. She failed to understand that she is free to say what she wants and that people are free to spend their money as they wish. Her complaints that she paid for speaking her mind were said as if it should be against the law to hold people accountable for their words and deeds. She was probably educated in a liberal school that failed to teach her this.

Now the School newspaper at Colorado State University will learn the same lesson. I wonder how long it will be before they print stories about how unfairly they have been treated and that advertisers had no right to pull back ads? I wonder how long it will be before they are complaining that they are paying for their right to free speech. Let me help these mindless twits, you have not paid for your free speech. The men and women in the armed forces from the beginning of our country have paid, in blood, for your free speech. Freedom is not free, cliche but true. What you folks are paying for is your act. A vile, nasty, childish act that one would not expect from any printed news source that actually has professional standards.

I wonder how long? Perhaps not very since a meeting is scheduled for this week. It might end the tenure of Collegian Editor David McSwane. But David will still just be paying for his acts, not his free speech.

Regardless of the outcome, it will take time before the revenue starts coming back in. Just ask the Dixie Chicks…

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2 Responses to “Free Speech Comes with a Price”

  1. Patsy says:

    Well done, Big Dog! Funny how liberals don’t understand where their rights to freedom and free speech originated. Nor do they realize that anyone who finds their opinions repulsive is entitled to the same rights. The thing is, Big Dog, you can’t fight abject ignorance.

  2. Would I hire him in my newsroom? Not a chance. Not because he’s an inarticulate freak. Not because his vocabulary seems woefully limited. Not because he’s apparently incapable of original thought. Not because he’s a heckler who prefers to stand at the back of the crowd and shout profanity instead of leading a crowd to a positive conclusion. Not because he’s heckling Bush (I’d feel the same if it was Hillary or Obama.) Not because he showed disrespect for his publisher and his community. Not because he can’t seem to surrender his knee-jerk politics to the greater purpose of writing wisdom.

    But because he seems to have no ability to step back from his narcissism and say something that’s worth the price of ink and dead trees. This masturbatory little punk put himself first, not his readers.

    I won’t consume any more of your bandwidth. I blogged more fully about this at Under The News