Donald Sterling And The Right To Private Speech
WHEN Donald Sterling’s private phone calls became public knowledge, the media began the feeding frenzy.
Bill Maher took a view:
“Last week when President Obama was asked about the Sterling episode, he said, ‘When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, just let them talk.’ But Sterling didn’t advertise. He was bugged. And while he may not be worth defending, the 4th Amendment is.”
Have you not said anything intolerant to a friend on the phone or racist in the heat of a football match, say, that is not typical of your beliefs? Does context matter?
“So let me get this straight, we should concede that there’s no such thing anymore as a private conversation, so therefore remember to ‘lawyer’ everything you say before you say it, and hey, speaking your mind was overrated anyway, so you won’t miss it. Well, I’ll miss it, I’ll miss it a lot.”