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Jan 04 2018

France Cracks Down on “Fake News”

Germany isn’t the only nominally free country cracking down on free speech. In the name of suppressing “fake news,” France is at it too. Weenie in Chief Emmanuel Macron announced new rules yesterday:

“When fake news [is] spread, it will be possible to go to a judge … and if appropriate have content taken down, user accounts deleted and ultimately websites blocked,” Macron said. …

Sites that distribute fake news would face punishment and media regulators would have more power to fight them.

Given that virtually all news is characterized by spin, what exactly is fake news? Whatever the regulators say it is.

Alarmingly, the EU has “launched a high-level group of experts” to address the menace of supposedly fake news.

Freedom won’t die by a frontal assault. It will die because we let the authorities convince us that Muslims’ hurt feelings and preventing “fake news” are more important than being able to speak your mind without interference from the government.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.

21 Responses to “France Cracks Down on “Fake News””

  1. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Thank God we have the First Amendment in the US. Nothing like this could ever happen here.

    I don’t need the government to be in the business to decide what or how I shall worship, nor will I allow them to decide what can and cannot be published. Not that our government cannot be completely trusted.

  2. Mack says:

    Yes, but our president is demanding that a book he doesn’t like should be banned.

  3. Frank says:

    After France is overrun by muslims they’ll ask us to save them like we did 1918 and 1945. Other European nations including Germany will follow suit. The leftist infected Arsenal of Democracy won’t be in any condition to comply.

  4. Frank says:

    Don’t depend on the Constitution being around very long. There are nearly as many democruds in the House and Senate as there are Republicans and most of the Republicans are RINOs.

  5. Frank says:

    Private citizens have a right to protect themselves against libel and slander. So does Trump.

  6. physicsnut says:

    domestic fake stuff

    Last night, Haberman posted her less than 280 character review of the book on Twitter, and knocked it for containing false statements and being “light in fact-checking.”
    “Thin but readable. Well written. Several things that are true and several that are not. Light in fact-checking and copy-editing,” tweeted Haberman when asked by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski for her thoughts after finishing the book.




  7. Angel says:

    The President also has the freedom to say what he wants. He does not have the power to overturn constitutional freedoms, however. That is why he does not alarm conservatives. His comments scare leftists because they really believe that the Constitution is a flexible document they can change at their whim.

  8. Frank says:

    Right on! Bye-bye, Europe!

  9. Angel says:

    Trump has freedom of speech as well. And he uses it well.

  10. Frank says:

    I think I saw something like that in an old German newsreel.

  11. Swordie says:

    “Fake News” is fake news.

    ::FBI pounds on front door::

  12. Mr. Freemarket says:

    President Trump is not a private citizen. One can say virtually anything one wishes about him.

  13. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Sooner or later the second amendment kicks in.

  14. Mr. Freemarket says:

    They don’t cover much of constitutional law in business school. Of course, no one expects that they should. It isn’t covered much in law school either; that could be a problem.

  15. Franklyfrank says:

    And after all that, they still won’t learn.

  16. Callawyn says:

    France, where you WILL get prosecuted for speaking the Truth about Islam, even in the mildest terms possible.

    BUT, if you’re a Muslim you can commit actual crimes with impunity.

  17. Frank says:

    “The only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.”

  18. Frank says:

    America’s hunters constitute the largest armed force in the world. Yamamoto knew how well armed American citizens were, precluding an invasion. We’re much better armed now, with only a DOMESTIC (as in “defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC”) with which to contend.

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