Voice of the people: Bill Gillmore




Concerned President is attacking First Amendment rights


In an executive order, President Trump has attacked the Communications Decency Act (CDA). This is the act that protects, among other things, free access to the Internet, and prevents companies like Sparklight and Comcast from discriminating among websites, either for their own profit or in pursuit of a political agenda. The CDA is the cornerstone of our free and open online forum.


The apparent proximate cause of this attack is confusion about the nature of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The President seems to think this means he has the right to publish false or misleading statements, but no one else has the right to expose those false or misleading statements (especially with evidence). He actually claimed that fact checking is an abridgment of free speech. George Orwell's Ministry of Truth floods my mind. Eventually, the Supreme Court will decide whether this order will be enforced. I hope the Justices remember the First Amendment.



Bill Gillmore






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