(From Fox News)
Yes, this is old by the time that this post goes up. However, just putting in my 2 cents.
Chris Cuomo, a ”Journalist” working on the American station CNN, shocked the U.S. public by defending the group Antifa.
This group showed up for ”Unite the Right 2”, in Charlottesville, where white nationalists were going to march. This was on the anniversary of the violence last year that left 1 dead, and many injured.
However, there were only about 25 white nationalists, who left quite quickly. But there were thousands of counter-demonstraters, seemingly with no one to stop.
Without an enemy to oppose, Antifa decided to attack members of the public, including journalists.
Antifa, short for Anti-Fascist, or (anti first amendment, as it is often denegraded), is a left wing semi-organised Communist group that has a lengthy history of committing violent acts to shut down speakers they accuse of ”hate speech” or of ”endangering others”.
While Antifa is mostly known in the U.S., there are branches of it that operate in other western countries.
Yes, preventing violence …. by engaging in violence.
Of course, this makes sense because they conflate ”ideas” with actual ”violence”. Others speaking right leaning ideas is violence apparently.
What is truly disgusting this that Cuomo, who pretends to be a journalist, has gone full blown activist by defending the group, saying that their violence is not the same — morally — as people preaching hate.
- Author’s Views
- There are very disturbing facts about Cuomo’s monologue.
First: Cuomo is a journalist, at least he claims to be. The 1st Amendment is sacrosanct in the American way of life, enshrining free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and freedom of association and assembly. The 1st Amendment is something necessary to protect free speech and a free press. How a journalist on a major news network shrugs that off is stunning.
Second: Cuomo doesn’t believe that people shouting hate should have the right to speak. Certain people are disgusting, yes, but they do have the right to speak their vile garbage. Words, unless they are: (1) threats; or (2) a call to violence are not actual violence. Sickening, but yes, this is a defense to racist people.
Third: Cuomo, in his monologue, omits that Antifa routinely attacks people who are right leaning, though not white supremacists. This happens to speakers such as Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopolous, Ann Coulter, and many others. Being an outspoken conservative does not equate to being a nazi.
Fourth: Cuomo seems fairly indifferent to Antifa attacking innocent bystanders, and yes, even journalists. Perhaps collateral damage is okay as long as the intent is good.
Fifth: Cuomo is disingenuously being selective about which violence is ”wrong”, and which is ”morally right”. Double standards should not exist if one is morally consistent.
Sixth: Cuomo omits that Antifa has been classfied as a terrorist organization by the Department of Homeland Security. Yes, the Feds consider them terrorists.
Seventh: Cuomo doesn’t seem to register that these ”defenders of the people” almost always conceal their faces with masks or bandannas, yet the ”bad guys” never do. Odd.
My thought is that censorship should be a last resort, not a first. It is very unsettling that some are completely fine with taking away people’s right to speak. Calling someone a racist, or calling their words or ideas hate speech doesn’t make it so. And even if it is, why start down the path of censorship?
Wise words: I disagree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
Chris Cuomo is a disgrace to journalism.