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This Is Where the Battle for Free Speech Is Taking Place

It’s our fight, but it’s yours too. We find Mann v. National Review — a background on District of Columbia Court of Appeals hearing (in November 2014!) was written by Charlie Cooke and can be read here , while the court’s December 22 decision, which runs largely against NR, can be read here — to be an important battle for all conservatives.

For provincial reasons, because it involves NR? Well, it’s hard to deny the close-to-homeness of this action. But that is meaningless: This is a case of a determined leftist assault on free speech, and as a series of court rulings have shown, it is also a case that has exposed a troubling slide by liberal jurists to downgrade the centrality, to our liberties, of what was and for the time being remains the First Amendment. That this case is very real, that the stakes are very big, should make indignant any who are repulsed by, and who wish to counter, growing leftist Thought Control.

In substance, this is a case about a Corner post. But the broader matters evoked in Mann v. National Review show that we have no sleepy issue before us. Hell, 2016 saw brazen Democrat state attorneys general and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch trying to make “denying climate change” a crime. “Deny” is a four-letter word. To many on the left, it should come with a prison term.

This case, this fight for free speech, will be waged by National Review regardless of cost, but — it does cost. Media organizations purchase insurance to cover legal costs against charges of defamation, libel, and the like. We have that insurance. But what it takes to fight, and what insurers will spend, are two quite different matters. Which means: The legal fight has significant direct costs to NR, beyond insurance coverage.

Our rebuild-NRO webathon has now expanded. Will you help defray these new legal costs brought on by the Left? I’m hoping you will stand with NR, alongside us, in this battle to protect free speech (and that you’ll read about our triumphs on a bigger, better, faster, enhanced website). You can help by contributing to NR directly here. If you prefer, please make a donation via Pay Pal, right here. Or you can mail a check, payable to “National Review,” to 215 Lexington Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Many thanks, and God bless.