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Comedy Central: Hardly a Laughing Matter

Mark Steyn gets it exactly right, below.  If the press had unified, as they do on so many other political and policy issues, and stood up to the ever-growing radical Islamist speech veto in the West, we could be well on our way toward a cultural victory in the war.  Instead, we continue to cave.  The last place I thought I’d see such caving was at Comedy Central — a channel dedicated to the iconoclasm of almost everything religious and everyone political.  Now, even chief iconoclast Jon Stewart is defending the veto, or censorship, on his network.  Ross Douthat gets it right today: “This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that ‘bravely’ trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force.”  Among the things the mainstream press had no problem trashing (and unifying on) were our national-security programs dedicated to securing us against totalitarianism and brute force.  For a trip down memory lane, here’s Bill Bennett & Alan Dershowitz on exactly that — and what Mark reminds us of — from 2006.


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