Teddy Boy writes:
Right-wing bloggers are at it again. It wasn't enough to get my cartoons pulled from The New York Times--now they say my "whining" about it is unseemly. Of course, the warbloggers like to keep this tactic to themselves, they're so damned good at it. But to hell with that.
If you're tired of losing every cultural and political battle, then please join me in mimicking the relentlessness of the right. Write to the Times to let them know how you feel about them pulling my cartoons in response (solely, as they admit) due to Republican pressure:
Martin Nisenholtz, CEO of New York Times Digital
New York Times Letters to the Editor
Ombudsman Daniel Okrent
I don't stand to make a penny either way--this is solely about the First Amendment.
First, allow me translate:
bq. Right wing bloggers have called me out for trying to start a letter campaign against the Times when I've been bitching that it was a letter campaign that got my comic pulled. My free speech has been stifled.
The first amendment states:
bq. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Basically, it means that - in the venue of free speech - the right to freedom of expression (speech) shal be free from government interference.
Point #1: The government did not make a law against the NYT publishing Ted Rall's comic.
Point #2: The government in no way, shape or form interfered with Rall's comic being place in the NYT.
Point #3: The New York Times, as Ted's employer (even though they didn't pay him for his strips) has every right in the world to take the strip out of their paper. They even have the right to remove the strip because they caved to public pressure.
Point #4: Nowhere in the first amendment does it say that an comic artist has the right to air his opinion in the local paper without interference from that paper.
Point #5: Nowhere in the first amendment does it say that the New York Times must carry a comic by one Ted Rall.
So -and excuse me if I have my facts wrong - someone explain to me how Ted Rall's right to free speech has been violated. Especially when his comic appears in many other places, as does his column.