Bottomline: As editor, I am willing to go to jail and to lose everything we have worked for to protect any and all political speech on this site
Editorial Advice From anthony
From : GNN.tv
Reply-To : NOREPLY@gnn.tv
Sent : Wednesday, January 4, 2006 6:54 PM
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : GNN Message From anthony: RE: Benefit of the doubt. Help
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL!
TO REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK:
What’s up with your screenname? You need to change it.
Hmmm………GWHunta……. is it possible that this warning may have been triggered by anthony’s paranoia regarding a possible alleged ill intent I may be harboring towards, say, President George W. Bush?
Now that’s really a stretch.
But, if that’s not it? What was his intent?
Maybe anthony just isn’t particularly interested in getting to see what the new folks are all about.
The same sentiment may be found in some of the other “core” contributors to GNN.
He’s obviously worked very hard to set standards and promote honest and effective communication. This site does provide a valuable outlet for expression, welcomed or not.
Freedom isn’t really Free. The America where we’d all like to believe we live is truly an illusion.
There’s cost to all speech, for both the speaker and the listener, writer or reader.
But, when fewer of us are willing to approach or expand upon what should be minimal and reasonable limits on “free speech” the more expensive this price becomes.
As for my intent and feelings about the current President, maybe anthony has a sixth sense about these things.
Upper Michigan history was made on July 13th, 2004 as President Bush became the first sitting president to visit the U.P. in almost 100 years. His campaign stop in Marquette created a whirlwind of activity and anticipation as over 11,000 people turned out at the Superior Dome to see him speak. TV6 had live coverage of the event from the time the President touched down at Sawyer International Airport until his departure.
In anticipation of President Bush’s arrival in Marquette, I prepared this message to welcome him to my home turf, yes Michigan’s very own Upper Peninsula. Some call it God’s Country. I cringed when Bush declared it “looks like Bush, Cheney country to me”.
Of course no such message would be allowed inside the “free speech” zone that surrounds the President when he travels. Enough said.
Let’s get off anthony and get onto Bush & Company. There’s but a wee bit o’ time to organize some brick and mortar, tangible protest of the 3rd anniversary of this war in Iraq and it’s recent escalation.
And, if it’s the intolerance of “free speech” that’s going to keep everybody riled, let’s go after the “boy in the bubble” that thinks it’s O.K. to eavesdrop on his subjects, and directs the Secret Service and or the Capitol Police to arrest and drag off the likes of Cindy Sheehan for wearing a T-Shirt or anybody else who invades “his” space or detracts from “his” message.