Video: Hey, who’s up for banning Hot Air? Update: Video fixed

posted at 4:12 pm on May 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

And Instapundit, and Drudge Report, and pretty much anything with Andrew Breitbart’s name on it, too.  The Media Research Center indulged in a little experiment on the support for free speech in Georgetown by having Joe Schoffstall walk around with a petition to ban conservative “hate sites” like the aforementioned and yours truly.  Joe discovers that the young people he approached think free speech is great, but not as cool as, say, sports:

“There has to be some control,” one young woman says. “I mean, freedom of speech is good, but, there is a certain modicum of control — I mean, look at the Tea Party.” Yeah, look at that freedom of assembly and freedom of political speech that garnered so much support that Republicans won more new seats in a midterm election than either party had in 72 years. We have to control that kind of thing! I particularly liked the one woman who signed the petition because sites like ours “cause a lot of debate.” Oh, heavens, no! Not debate! Why, then one might have to actually pay attention and think for one’s self!

Most common reaction to the question, “What do you think of the First Amendment?” was “I think it’s great, but ….” Maybe Georgetown should consider remedial Civics and American History classes.


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Video not found!

But I’m sure it was good.

Tennman on May 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

There’s no video

single stack on May 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Video not found!
What up?

madmonkphotog on May 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Minds full of mush, no wonder Obama was elected.

meci on May 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Good Lord. We’re doomed.

And those people are allowed to vote?

BacaDog on May 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

What do you think of the First Amendment?

Too bad it has proven to be necessary. Nothing in the original constitution provides the federal government the power to regulate speech.

WashJeff on May 26, 2011 at 4:16 PM

For sure they would suddenly perk up on the efficacy of all that “free speech” stuff were someone to tell them THEYcouldn’t say one thing or another. Like most liberals, they feel rules are meant to help them, but the same help shouldn’t be available to anyone else. Liberalism IS a mental disorder, after all.

Warner Todd Huston on May 26, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Video not watched!

Comment left!

jamie gumm on May 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Video not found!
What up?

madmonkphotog on May 26, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Censured by the federal government.

WashJeff on May 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM

From my Cold Dead Key-Board Keys!!!

canopfor on May 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Video not found. Banned already?

When I first read the headline, I thought it was

Who’s up for banning AT hotair
? I thought it was a poll. LOL.

keep the change on May 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Most of them can vote. And procreate.

a capella on May 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

It’s already started

Mike Morrissey on May 26, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I think it’s inevitable that the blue states and the red states will separate.

We really are two nations, and our differences are too great to bridge. Progressivism and conservatism – we’re reaching a breaking point.

Rebar on May 26, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Future Community Organizers of America

The Ugly American on May 26, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Maybe Georgetown should consider remedial Civics and American History classes.

This IS what they teach in their remedial classes. That’s all most of these idiots take before moving on to their Womyn’s Studies classes on how all men are abusers except abortion doctors.

These students are too ideologically indoctrinated to stop and think about who’s speach could be next if the government suddenly has that power. What if somebody as conservative and radical as Obama is liberal and radical takes office and wants to silence liberal speech? Their actions would enable that.

PastorJon on May 26, 2011 at 4:20 PM

“There has to be some control,” one young woman says. “I mean, freedom of speech is good, but, there is a certain modicum of control — I mean, look at the Tea Party.”

Schools are a disaster. Taxpayers’ money completely wasted.

crr6 is the perfect outcome.

Schadenfreude on May 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

The video was banned

faraway on May 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

It’s already started

Mike Morrissey on May 26, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Now Ed’s brother is here?

What about Jimmy Allahpundit?

portlandon on May 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Ward heelers become presidents. It’s all-telling how low the population has sunk, in demand, and in class.

Schadenfreude on May 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

What’s funny is that in the headlines thread, pro-Palin posters want to ban anti-Palin posters. Makes you go, ‘hmmm…’

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

From my Cold Dead Key-Board Keys!!!

canopfor on May 26, 2011 at 4:17 PM

+ 100..:)

PS.. Maybe Georgetown should consider remedial Civics and American History classes…Nice point Capt Ed!

Dire Straits on May 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

… and these, mind you, were precisely the make and sort of voters to whom John McCain’s incandescent vanilla-ness was supposed to be so irresistably alluring.

Pffffftt.

Kent18 on May 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

When I first read the headline, I thought it was

Who’s up for banning AT hotair? I thought it was a poll. LOL.

keep the change on May 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Me too.

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Most common reaction to the question, “What do you think of the First Amendment?” was “I think it’s great, but ….”

Hell, I’d wager most people don’t even know that the First Amendment only protects you from government censorship. It’s pathetic, the state of civics in this country.

MadisonConservative on May 26, 2011 at 4:23 PM

“What do you think of the First Amendment?” was “I think it’s great, but ….”

libertarian: “So, what do you think about freedom?”

conservative: ” I love freedom, it’s great, but…”

cartooner on May 26, 2011 at 4:23 PM

The school indoctrination is so painfully obvious in this video. Almost every single person said the same thing about the First Amendment.

Rambotito on May 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

What about Jimmy Allahpundit?

portlandon on May 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I thought his brother was Buddhapundit, but what do I know?

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

What’s funny is that in the headlines thread, pro-Palin posters want to ban anti-Palin posters. Makes you go, ‘hmmm…’

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

That was me. And I’m not pro-Palin. The troll was just a troll – not anti- anything.

faraway on May 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

HERES THE VIDEO,till ED,gets the snafu fixed!!
==============================================

DC Liberals Sign Petition to Ban Conservative Websites
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http://www.mrctv.org/videos/dc-liberals-sign-petition-ban-conservative-websites

canopfor on May 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

They are only repeating what they have been taught by public schools.

GardenGnome on May 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM

*****Disregard my above video linky posty,thanks Capt’n Ed:)

canopfor on May 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM

MadisonConservative on May 26, 2011 at 4:23 PM

You make a good point!..It is sad..:)

Dire Straits on May 26, 2011 at 4:26 PM

I mean, it’s like, I don’t know, you know?

That’s how I feel.

madmonkphotog on May 26, 2011 at 4:26 PM

There’s too much freedom goin’ on out there!

/rush

MJBrutus on May 26, 2011 at 4:26 PM

What about Jimmy Allahpundit?

portlandon on May 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I thought his brother was Buddhapundit, but what do I know?

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

haha

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I’m a sports guy….

BobMbx on May 26, 2011 at 4:27 PM

We definitely need limits on all of our ammendments. But what do I know, I’m a sports guy ;)

sleepy-beans on May 26, 2011 at 4:27 PM

He didn’t make his case clear. He never said sign here if you want the first amendment rights of conservative media removed. From what I saw, the people being punked didn’t get really punked. I would have loved to see this work better, but he wasn’t able to nail them down. The kids he approached weren’t the targets he hoped he would get.

keep the change on May 26, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Now Ed’s brother is here?

What about Jimmy Allahpundit?

portlandon on May 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

That would be Crompundit.

BobMbx on May 26, 2011 at 4:28 PM

The Progressive Pre-2012 Election Emptive Political Strike!

************************NUTS********************************

canopfor on May 26, 2011 at 4:29 PM

“I like free speech…unless it is something I don’t agree with….”

search4truth on May 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

What about Jimmy Allahpundit?

portlandon on May 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

He’s off with all the chicks. The gene pool split between them.

MadisonConservative on May 26, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Those students are trying to make a case for repealing the 26th amendment.

DKCZ on May 26, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Most common reaction to the question, “What do you think of the First Amendment?” was “I think it’s great, but ….”

“You mean the part about guaranteeing the right to pornography and abortion and gay marriage? Love it, baby!”

mankai on May 26, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Sadly, as bad as this was, it would make your video THAT much better if you asked these questions at a government university in Kalifornia.

rbendana on May 26, 2011 at 4:32 PM

libertarian: “So, what do you think about freedom?”

conservative: ” I love freedom, it’s great, but…”

cartooner on May 26, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Freedom is not unlimited. Unlimited freedom = anarchy.

JannyMae on May 26, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Socks(thecat)Pundit

faraway on May 26, 2011 at 4:32 PM

What’s funny is that in the headlines thread, pro-Palin posters want to ban anti-Palin posters. Makes you go, ‘hmmm…’

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Why did you say her name? Now this thread count will be 589 posts.

portlandon on May 26, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Hey, who’s up for banning Hot Air?

Ha.

Hey, who’s up for being banned by Hot Air?

BowHuntingTexas on May 26, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Jeeezzzzz, if these little “mush filled heads” were actually taught CRITICAL THINKING, they might,,,,,just might be able to actually LISTEN to the questions, think and form a sensible reply. Yeah, I know, keep dreaming. Thank goodness I raised my kids to think that way.

sicoit on May 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Liberal Angst!

canopfor on May 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Why did you say her name? Now this thread count will be 589 posts.

portlandon on May 26, 2011 at 4:34 PM

The more hits, the more revenue for Ed and AP. Always willing to help out a fellow capitalist.

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Disregarding their wanton ignorance of free speech and 1st Amendment, these students displayed an inability to articulate a position, defend it with any fact,and engage in any intelligible dialogue.The fact that these are Georgetown students and that Georgetown is one of the the most “competitive” schools in the nation is very disheatening, especially to one,like myself, who prides himself on having a Jesuit education.

xkaydet65 on May 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

The video needs to state how many people they asked and how many agreed or disagreed. O/w, it’s anecdotal and shocking, yes, but I want more info.

To me, it shows how easily cowed students are in a campus setting. Some hesitate but sign anyway. Students are trained to be total lemmings. I work in higher ed and there is no greater sin there than causing “offense.” No ripples allowed in that sea of life!

PattyJ on May 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Irony: Under the first amendment it is the right of academics, media, and other assorted purveyors of leftist ideology, to convince dipsticks like her that the first amendment really isn’t necessary.

infidel4life on May 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Those students are trying to make a case for repealing the 26th amendment.

DKCZ on May 26, 2011 at 4:31 PM

The 26th Amendment may yet be one factor that contributed to the doom of this country.

thuja on May 26, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Tea Party =/= Hate
Media Matters = Hate

Kini on May 26, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Ideas are DANGEROUS. It is best not to have any. And thoughts, they are dangerous too. The only thoughts and ideas that should be allowed are the thoughts and ideas you already have.

The thoughts and ideas that belong to other people and are different from your own, they should not be allowed to exist. They should never be expressed.

Lily on May 26, 2011 at 4:42 PM

What’s funny is that in the headlines thread, pro-Palin posters want to ban anti-Palin posters. Makes you go, ‘hmmm…’

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Liar. People want anyone who violates the TOS, whether a Plain or non Palin thread.

Nice red herring liar.

Odie1941 on May 26, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Disregarding their wanton ignorance of free speech and 1st Amendment, these students displayed an inability to articulate a position, defend it with any fact,and engage in any intelligible dialogue.The fact that these are Georgetown students and that Georgetown is one of the the most “competitive” schools in the nation is very disheatening, especially to one,like myself, who prides himself on having a Jesuit education.

xkaydet65 on May 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Bingo.

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:42 PM

This is why my kids will NOT go to Publik Skool!

Tony737 on May 26, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Does he call that dude a “fukkbag” at the very end? I couldn’t quite make that out.

Abby Adams on May 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

End Women’s Suffrage!

Akzed on May 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Most of them can vote. And procreate.
a capella on May 26, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Well there would be a lot more Liberals but don’t their women abort most of their children?

CCRWM on May 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

They’ve already suffraged enough!

Akzed on May 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

“There has to be some control,” one young woman says. “I mean, freedom of speech is good, but, there is a certain modicum of control…”

It’s called the Second Amendment.

RedWinged Blackbird on May 26, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Everything our parents said was good is bad.

Sun, milk, red meat, college…

The Ugly American on May 26, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Now he should do it again, only this time say “We’re trying to ban islamic websites that call for the extermination of Christians and Jews, will you sign?”

Like no way, maaaaahhhnnnn, it’s like totally freedom of speeeech!

Tony737 on May 26, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Wonder is G-Town’s massive drop in College ratings – namely their law school is a cause and effect…

Odie1941 on May 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM

The more hits, the more revenue for Ed and AP. Always willing to help out a fellow capitalist.

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Thing is, you made a very valid point. These knucklhead liberals in that video are very, very reminiscent of “those who shall not be named”.

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I shoulda done this on the University of Washington campus…

nickj116 on May 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Now he should do it again, only this time say “We’re trying to ban islamic websites that call for the extermination of Christians and Jews, will you sign?”

Like no way, maaaaahhhnnnn, it’s like totally freedom of speeeech!

Tony737 on May 26, 2011 at 4:46 PM

You are exactly right.

Tim Zank on May 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Maybe they only red Jazz Shaw’s blogs. Now there’s some good banning. :-)

simkeith on May 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

They’ve already suffraged enough!
- Akzed

A “Man Show” classic!

Tony737 on May 26, 2011 at 4:49 PM

“Mr. Soros? Barry here. Yes sir, I can hold.

Sir? Yes, hi. Yes, sir. It’s working.”
 
- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on May 26, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Where do I sign…?

… Oh, wait!

/

Seven Percent Solution on May 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

How ’bout a petition to ban left wing sites like huffpost, democratunderground or dailykos?

The students would probably gang up on and beat the crap outta this guy!

Tony737 on May 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Now he should do it again, only this time say “We’re trying to ban islamic websites that call for the extermination of Christians and Jews, will you sign?”

Like no way, maaaaahhhnnnn, it’s like totally freedom of speeeech!

Tony737 on May 26, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Absolutely right.

Thing is, most of the liberals I know, have known, and those I’ve “conversed” with (if you can call it that) online are so anti-right wing websites and FOX News…but even as one of the first girls in that video above admits…They never watch FOX News, or ever go to HotAir or any other right-leaning website.

All these fools know about right-wing sites is what they’ve heard on left-wing sites and news. They could be told anything (and are) and they instantly believe it hook, line and sinker.

And when asked to provide any examples of “hate”, they fall silent. Every time. And when I provide a small sampling of actual hate from left-wing sites and news, it’s always “the truth!”.

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I was expecting something exciting, but the video turned out to be a total yawner. Looks like most of the people in the vid had never heard of the sites, but signed anyway because the guy was being a bit of a pushy jackass, and easier to sign than argue with him.

AngusMc on May 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Thing is, you made a very valid point. These knucklhead liberals in that video are very, very reminiscent of “those who shall not be named”.

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I’ve got a conspiracy theory about that.

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

A “Man Show” classic!

Tony737 on May 26, 2011 at 4:49 PM

:(

I miss that show…even I got a kick out of “girls on trampolines”! lol

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

These types of videos say more about higher education than anything else.

The fact that the people who would sign that petition got into college at all speaks to the need for high schools to stop graduating idiots and college to stop accepting idiots.

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

:(

I miss that show…even I got a kick out of “girls on trampolines”! lol

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

And when you say “a kick”….

nickj116 on May 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I’ve got a conspiracy theory about that.

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM

The similarities are remarkable.

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

The similarities are remarkable.

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I’d like to know how they voted in 2008 – both groups.

Vashta.Nerada on May 26, 2011 at 4:59 PM

And when you say “a kick”….

nickj116 on May 26, 2011 at 4:58 PM

rofl!

Probably not the same kick you would get…but hey…

JetBoy on May 26, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Disregarding their wanton ignorance of free speech and 1st Amendment, these students displayed an inability to articulate a position, defend it with any fact,and engage in any intelligible dialogue.The fact that these are Georgetown students and that Georgetown is one of the the most “competitive” schools in the nation is very disheatening, especially to one,like myself, who prides himself on having a Jesuit education.

xkaydet65 on May 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Every dollar the parents spend on these kids is a dollar Obama won’t get for re-election.

Two more years! (of school)

BobMbx on May 26, 2011 at 5:01 PM

They’re just following Lindsey Graham‘s example:

“Free speech is a great idea, but …”

Left Coast Right Mind on May 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Unimaginably sad, but predictable given the last several decades of leftist control of education.

rrpjr on May 26, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I get what the kid in the video was trying to do, but this was kind of dumb. Anyone could interview random guy on the street and get all sorts of dumb answers.

Frankly, I’d sign a petition that said it was hoping to ban liberal’s first ammendment rights. Not that I really wanted to, but just because the petition would annoy them. At the end of the day, would I really want them banned; no. But I’d sign the stupid piece of paper because who hasn’t at time or another said the world would be a better place if everyone thought the same as me.

O’Keefe was uncovering government corruption. Mattera the hypocrisy of angry liberals at “Peace Protests”, etc.

What’s the outcome here? We laugh at some uneducated kids trying to sound philosphical? Kind of lame. How does that present a better set of ideas?

I’d rather debate someone than con them into signing a made up petition and laugh about it later.

That’s just me though…

simon on May 26, 2011 at 5:06 PM

I hear there is some kind of poll that indicates Fox News viewers become progressively more “ignorant” the longer they watch.

I wonder how you poll for ignorance. I’m guessing that conservative views=”ignorance”.

disa on May 26, 2011 at 5:06 PM

I think free speech is wonderful but I wouldn’t claim that good speech cures evil speech, that the remedy for bad speech is more speech. That assumes too much rationality among human beings. There have been too many cases where evil speech simply won the day. So either you favor free speech despite its evil potential, or you’re forced to consider the need for limits.

Seth Halpern on May 26, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Most common reaction to the question, “What do you think of the First Amendment?” was “I think it’s great, but ….” Maybe Georgetown should consider remedial Civics and American History classes.

Oh, i’m pretty sure that’s exactly what they want them to think.

clearbluesky on May 26, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Leaders of tomorrow. Absolutely horrifying.

disa on May 26, 2011 at 5:14 PM

That’s just me though…

simon on May 26, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Thankfully.

rrpjr on May 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM

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