Freedom of Speech 101

When I began traversing the blog world in 2004 it was commonly argued that the Internet was the last bastion of free speech.  If this argument regarding mainstream media “bias” holds true, then it makes sense that the blogosphere plays home to the last vestiges of communication liberty.  After all, it isn’t like most of us bloggers are actually pulling in a salary and benefits for typing about what we believe, so we don’t have to worry about what our bosses will think when they read our blogs or listen to our podcasts.  Oh, if only freedom paid the bills, then we could all say what we really thought without fear.

Isn’t that right, Juan Williams?

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Why are We Suprised?

Just around MemoGate I was an aspiring reporter who was prepping for a career in investigative journalism. In my spare time, I had a political Internet radio program called The Conservative Watchdog. This was the only place I allowed my political views to surface, especially as a consistent stringer reporter and intern.  While at a New York Conference, I raised my hand to ask about my program and how it could assist me in some way through political reporting, the responding “Journalism Expert” stated: “You could always work for Fox News.” An eruption of laughter filled the room.

I left journalism the next day and promptly changed my major to Political Science, never looking back.

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