In which I discuss whether the drop-off in anti-Obama invective following his election is a lasting development--or just a temporary lull.
Also: the case against tightening up, however incrementally, on anti-Obama speech.
Even though I'm on Chuck Turner's press-enemies list, I'd like to congratulate the city councilor for goading the Feds into a laughable effort to violate his First Amendment rights. Still more evidence, I think, that Turner's PR campaign is working surprisingly well.
As Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin notes, there's rich irony in the government's contention that Turner shouldn't be able to selectively cite evidence to defend himself.
--"That means, 'Shut up. Don't lie.'"
That would be Wendy Murphy, co-host of WRKO's Finneran's Forum, explaining that the right to remain silent is actually an obligation limiting the right of alleged criminals (like Chuck Turner) to try to sway public opinion in their favor.
Interesting, especially given Murphy's volubility as a pro-prosecution commentator during the Duke lacrosse rape case.