George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley is a liberal, but he is one of the few classical liberals who still believes in things like free speech.
He is a very smart man and we have written about him many times for this reason.
He is now speaking out against the ‘cancel culture’ that is targeting conservative voices in regular media and on social media.
Turley: New ‘Red Scare’ Shutting Down Conservative Voices in Media
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said the left’s appetite for censoring conservative voices and curtailing their reach is growing in his testimony Wednesday at a House subcommittee hearing, claiming “we are living through a period reminiscent of the Red Scare.”
The professor called attention to a recent letter signed by Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., targeting conservative-leaning outlets like Fox News and Newsmax in a formal statement to the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The letter demanded answers from cable television providers on their role in the “spread of dangerous misinformation.”
“From the perspectives of free speech and the free press, the letter is not just chilling; it is positively glacial. The letter does not address the long-standing objections to networks like CNN, MSNBC, and others for pronounced bias and refuted stories,” Turley said…
The legal scholar drew parallels between attempts to censor conservative views today and the Red Scare during the Cold War, when those suspected of being communists and other political dissidents were targeted.
Turley has been making this point on Twitter as well:
…I do not believe today’s activists will succeed in removing Fox, he most-watched cable news channel in 2020, from the airways. But, then again, I did not think social media sites — given legal immunity in exchange for being content-neutral — would ever censor viewpoints.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) February 24, 2021
The left is out of control and there will be a backlash.