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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Freedom of Speech Alert

Go show some support for J-blogger Yisrael Medad who was absurdly threatened by the folks over at the irreverent and often obnoxious political blog Wonkette. Apparently, they claimed to have lawyered up over their outrage that Medad dared to speak his mind over Wonkette's own speaking of their mind. So, let me get this straight. The writers at Wonkette can call the New York Times the Jew York Times, and that's LOL funny. But Medad questions whether that debatable slur crosses the lines of good taste - and suddenly he's the one using speech that shouldn't be protected by the First Amendment. Is the double standard only evident to me? Wonkette's people lost their right to play the "dude, just chill out" card when they sent a threatening e-mail that mentioned a lawyer.

You all know how I feel about law suits that threaten our right to free speech.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the deal with your lawsuit?

1:37 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Judge is still deliberating, I guess. I'll admit I'm not too panicked.

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do think the whole blog thing is very unethical. people can say whatever they want and not be in any sort of trouble, and that is a problem. the innocent are at stake, as loshon horah and motzei shem ra can be poured out againsty them. for people in the public eye, nu. but for people who live private lives, why should this be considered normal?

2:55 AM  
Blogger YMedad said...

thanks for pointing in my direction. they've backed down over at Wonkette. Mobius, though, is a bit temper-tantrum - like.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

Orthomom- I think that the issue isn't that cut and dried. Yisrael Medad called them anti-Semitic. On his blog, and (I believe) provided a link.

I'm not saying that he was wrong (although, knowing wonkette, most of their stuff is in poor taste and offensive, but not racist/anti-semitic/etc), but if you make a statement like that in the public sphere, you have to expect that those who have the means with which to defend themselves, will.

9:23 AM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Annie, a blogger that calls the "New York Times" the "Jew York Times" should be prepared to be a little less sensitive to accusations of Anti-Semitism. That's the problem with irony. Not everyone gets it. And you can do a few things things. Explain yourself, ignore your detractors, or lawyer up. I think lawyering up is the last thing I would expect a postmodern, sardonic crew like those who make Jew-jokes to do.

9:39 AM  
Blogger YMedad said...

Annie, here's my exact language:


Is "Wonkette" Antisemitic?

Wonkette, that foul-mouthed but titilating blogger of Washington foibles, seems to have gone anti-semitic.

Editor Alex Pareene and Interns Nick Mueller and Lauren Spohrer may be responsibl;e for this post which refers to someone they call "Rudy-Jew-liani" who gave an interview to the "Jew York Times".

Note:

One question mark.
One "seems"
One "may be responsible"

Reconsider?

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