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  • June 20, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Last month, a British union of college and university professors called for a boycott of Israeli academics, revitalizing a vituperative debate. The presidents of NYU, Columbia, and Yeshiva University have strongly protested the proposed boycott, which is officially opposed by the American Association of University Professors.

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  • June 15, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Convicted felon Scooter Libby was guilty of nothing more than a bad memory, according to his most ardent defenders, who tend to ignore the inconvenient fact that a jury found him guilty on four felony counts for lying to the FBI and the grand jury investigating the outing of former covert agent Valerie Plame. But, personally, I doubt very much that Libby’s defenders actually believe he was innocent of lying about his conversation with reporters.

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  • June 12, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Last month a student magazine at Tufts University, The Primary Source, was hauled before a disciplinary committee and punished for publishing a satire of affirmative action in December '06 (a Christmas carol entitled “O Come All Ye Black Folk”) and then a harsh critique of Islam, during an official Muslim Awareness Week.

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  • June 07, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Language policing suffered a setback this week: a federal appeals court struck down a new Federal Communications Commission indecency policy imposing sanctions on the broadcast of occasional or “fleeting" expletives. The FCC has long held the inappropriate power to regulate “dirty words,” pursuant to a famous 1975 Supreme Court decision upholding the sanctioning of a provocative George Carlin radio monologue; but that decision was interpreted narrowly so as not to prohibit occasional or isolated utterances.

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  • June 06, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Everyone once in a while, justice prevails. Julie Amero, the substitute teacher who faced 40 years in prison for risking injury to children when a computer in her class was bombarded by pornography, has just been granted a new trial. Her claim that she was unable to control the pornographic images that popped up did not deter her prosecution or sway the jury in her case but did persuade an array of experts to denounce her conviction, to good effect. She is not expected to be re-tried.

  • June 06, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Last month, Ronald Liebowitz, President of Middlebury College, delivered a Baccalaureate Address that should perhaps be required reading at Tufts, Brandeis, and all the other "liberal" schools that promote the censorship of politically incorrect speech, often in the name of diversity. (Read all about them at thefire.

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  • May 31, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    With key facts still in dispute, I hesitate to judge the conduct of public health officials in the case of the man with drug resistant TB who flew back and forth to Europe in early May. But there seems to be no dispute that the man had been informed of his diagnosis and advised not to travel before he boarded the plane, so I don’t hesitate to blame him for knowingly exposing other people to infection.

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  • May 28, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    Even free speech absolutists ought to sympathize with abortion providers and patients who want to prohibit anti-abortion protests in close proximity to clinics -- especially in Massachusetts. In 1994, when John Salvi shot up two local reproductive health care clinics, killing two people and wounding five, he left more than grief and carnage in his wake; he also left behind fear and a sense of vulnerability among people who continue to provide and seek abortions today.

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  • May 18, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    In 2005, when the Bush Administration pressured the Public Broadcasting System into dropping an episode of a children’s show with a sympathetic view of a gay family, liberals rightly yelled censorship, decrying the Administration’s bullying and PBS’s failure to resist it. This month, when the Congressional Hispanic Caucus pressured Ken Burns into “amending” his upcoming PBS documentary on World War 11 to include interviews with Latino veterans, many liberals barely seemed to notice.

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  • May 15, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate

    The mourning period that followed Ronald Reagan’s death three years ago, in which even his fiercest critics agreed to temporarily bite their tongues, clearly won’t apply to the recently deceased Rev. Jerry Falwell. His corpse had barely turned cold before the media erupted into a debate over the demagogue’s true legacy.

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  • May 15, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    The next time “progressive” students at Tufts, Brandeis and other schools try to censor speech they consider harassing, abusive, or otherwise harmful psychologically, they might want to consider this lawsuit recently filed in Cook County, Illinois:

    “A girl and her grandparents have sued the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that a substitute teacher showed the R-rated film "Brokeback Mountain" in class,” the Associated Press reports.

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  • May 09, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    According to the Washington Post, revelations of warrant-less wiretapping by the Bush Administration have provoked dozens of lawsuits against phone companies charged with unlawfully cooperating in violating the privacy of their customers. Verizon has come up with a novel and nervy defense, arguing (with a straight face) that the suit against it should be dismissed because it violates the company’s First Amendment rights to convey information to the government.

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  • May 09, 2007
    By Harvey Silverglate

    It was bound to happen. Whenever the nation experiences an orgy of hypocrisy and self-righteousness like the Don Imus affair, it so often turns out that a leader of some holy crusade lives in the proverbial glass house.

    And so it was when the nation’s self-appointed religious maven from the left, Rev. Al Sharpton, seeking as always to outdo the fundamentalists on the right, found himself in precisely the same boat in which he’d placed, just a few short weeks ago, the hapless radio shock-jock.

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  • May 07, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    “When does free speech become hate speech?,” a Fox News correspondent asked recently in a reviewing yet another free speech controversy at Tufts University. The question itself reflected the common misconception that speech rights do not or should not include the right to engage in whatever is popularly considered hate speech.

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  • May 02, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    It may not be news that public officials sometimes use escort services and enjoy extra-marital perks; but a Washington D.C. madam (or, rather, alleged madam,) outing her clients is not the “non-story” that Harvey considers it. Hypocrisy among public officials is usually worth reporting, however unsurprising it may be.

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