It seems liberals these days have no real use for the whole concept of free speech. On Tuesday, former Vice President Al Gore applauded Reddit's decision to ban those who disagree with the idea of man-made global warming from its science forum.
According to volunteer moderator Nathan Allen, the reason for banning those who might disagree is simple: They're stupid, they engendered heated discussion and get their information from blogs and Fox News.
Moreover, he added, those who disagree with him and his ilk are "not capable of providing the science to support their 'skepticism' on climate change."
He also accused so-called "deniers" of being funded by the fossil fuel industry without offering any real evidence:
"Over and over, solid peer-reviewed science was insulted as corrupt, while blog posts from fossil-fuel-funded groups were cited as objective fact. Worst of all, they didn’t even get the irony of quoting oil-funded blogs that called university scientists biased."
The answer, he added, was "proactive moderation." In other words, only those who agree with him would be allowed on the forum.
The result, he said, was a "change in the culture within the comments." That, of course, is natural, since Allen has ensured that only one side of the issue can be discussed.
But Allen wasn't finished.
He also suggested newspapers take the same action, ensuring that only one side of the climate change issue be presented.
"So if a half-dozen volunteers can keep a page with more than 4 million users from being a microphone for the antiscientific, is it too much to ask for newspapers to police their own editorial pages as proficiently?" he asked.
While such censorship was all the rage in dictatorships like the former Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, it's an alien concept in the United States where free speech is celebrated.
A number of people took Gore and Reddit to task for the comments, Twitchy said.
"Banning different views? I'm not sure," one person tweeted.
"That's the only way you can win a debate," another person added.
Ironically, Allen claimed that “as a site, Reddit is passionately dedicated to free speech.”
"Could’ve fooled us," the staff at Twitchy said.
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