On this morning’s edition of This Week, Newt Gingrich suggested that the hounding of Mozilla’s CEO, Brendan Eich, was “just the most open, blatant example of the new fascism”; the attitude being that if you don’t agree with us 100 percent, we can punish you.” Gingrich contended that Eich’s case wasn’t egregious, but symptomatic of an attitude: “If you’re a young faculty member — a young member of the news department — and you have the wrong views, meaning conservative,” he claimed, “you have no career.”
Fellow panelist Donna Brazile pushed back, reminding Gingrich that in some cases gay Americans can be fired for their sexuality. (Ramesh has a post here on which this isn’t quite the argument-stopper its proponents appears to think it is.) Eventually, though, Brazile concluded that she agreed with Andrew Sullivan that the United States has to “be very careful that we are not practicing a new McCarthyism.”
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