Sunday, March 20, 2011

So, what would you call someone who cuts the head off a three month old baby?

Melanie Phillips calls them "savages", an understatement at best, and finds herself in the cross hairs of the PCC (the British “Press Complaints Commission”).

Let us mentally transport ourselves back to the civil rights era, and suppose that a columnist used a phrase like ”redneck savages” or the “moral depravity of Mississippians” to condemn violence against blacks. We might imagine that some would complain that this language unfairly implicated all Southern whites in the crimes of a hateful few. But there would have been no possibility of official sanction against such a columnist, as is the case with this British “Press Complaints Commission” that is investigating Melanie Phillips.

What is this commission? It was established in 1991 to stave off Parliamentary complaints about the media and is tasked with exercising “non-statutory self-regulation” in the press. I’m insufficiently familiar with the PCC to know whether it routinely acts to enforce political correctness.

So, what can you say about the barbaric attacks against a Jewish settler family?  Not much.  And that is the point of the PCC and their ideological cousins throughout Europe and Canada.  The purpose of sanctioning speech is to stifle it.  In Canada it is about stifling speech and getting rich (see Blazing Cat Fur, Ezra Levant, Mark Steyn and Maclean's and way too many others).   

Whatever the motivation the result is the same-someone sitting in a politburo deciding what can and cannot be said.  Think it can't happen here?  I've got two words for you-Al Franken.

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