There’s something wrong with the media when journalists are against free speech.
Here's just one example:
When Ontario premier Doug Ford said he wanted more freedom of speech on campus, more diversity of views, more open debate, less leftist “safe spaces and trigger warnings and censorship” — Canadian Journalists for Free Expression attacked him. I’m not kidding. They “oppose” it; they “deplore” it.
Which brings me back to the news of the day:
Jason Kenney’s new government in Alberta is following Doug Ford’s lead in Ontario, and bringing in similar rules to enhance free speech.
Doug Ford obviously knows that universities care more about their money than about principles of open debate. So that’s where he gets them — it’s smart. He’s not lying that it’s a security fee — he’s telling the truth: if they don’t believe in the free exchange of ideas, he doesn’t really see the point in funding them. I agree.
And so does Jason Kenney. And now, the first Alberta university to sign on with the free speech pledge is a great little college in Fort McMurray:
Keyano College becomes first Alberta institution to publicly roll out Chicago principles
The Chicago Principles is the name given to a statement written by a number of scholars at the University of Chicago, who were doing their best to outline a free speech policy. It’s really thoughtful, and it’s so good and so well-done that it has been adopted widely by other universities too.
(I recommend that you read the complete Chicago Principles here.)
So Keyano College is in. But the Edmonton Journal — they seem sort of mad:
A northern Alberta college has become the first post-secondary institution to officially adopt controversial freedom of speech rules ahead of an approaching deadline set out by the provincial government.
"Controversial"? That word means nothing, other than a reporter is trying to be negative, but can’t really make the case.
In May, the UCP announced its intention to follow in Ontario’s footsteps by introducing the principles, developed by the University of Chicago in 2014. They allow speakers on campuses to share their views, no matter how “unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive” they may be. They have been criticized by academics as benefitting more extreme and conservative speakers.
I guess to most academics, and most journalists, when a leftist is barred from campus, that’s censorship. When a conservative is, that’s just good hygiene.
You can read the Keyano College statement here. There’s some wiggle room in it — we’ll see how it’s implemented. But I like a lot of it.
And I can see why leftists, Antifa thugs, and tattle-tale hall monitor snitch-style journalism would hate it. I mean, the whole point of doxxing is to shut people down, to deplatform them, to ban them. And Keyano College is saying in advance that they won’t accept it.
Keyano College is removing the incentive, removing the stress, removing the tactic, removing the strategy from the censorship left.
I like Keyano College’s new rules. And unlike the Edmonton Journal and the rest of the snitch journalists out there, I don’t see it as controversial.
And based on the plummeting viewership of CNN, and the plummeting readership of the Edmonton Journal, a lot of other people agree...
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