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The Washington Post vs. Free Speech

In response to Novak Says Things Are Swinging…

The Washington Post was even worse on this issue, editorializing that the denial of a trademark to the Redskins was a “victory for tolerance.” It cheered the idea that senators would use their power over the tax treatment of the team to force a name change. Today’s Post editorial strikes a different tone — and a different tone from the one it ran just a few weeks ago saying that university administrators should “make crystal clear that racist signs, symbols and speech are off-limits.” But even today’s editorial includes this line: “The answer, in our view, is to redouble all lawful efforts to get that name changed, even if a federal lawsuit probably can’t be one of them.” Do those lawful efforts continue to include governmental action? 


Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.