So much for free speech…..
I have always said the free speech carries with it the inherent risks and responsibilities. One mus be willing to accept the consequences associated with their free speech. But to have so-called journalists like Christianne Ammapour insinuating that a filmmaker should be “tried” for his “crime” of making a movie that is critical of the Muslim religion, that is a very scary area to go into.
As our nation remembered the tragic events of the 9-11 attacks, rioters took to the streets in Egypt and Libya, egged on by social media regarding the film in question. The flag at our embassy in Egypt was ripped down and replaced by a black flag. The embassy issued a statement that, in part, symapthized with those upset at the film. The State Department has since walked back that line.
At the same time, our Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomats, were killed. The circumstances are still unravelling, but it appears to be the result of a similar uprising.
This day will unfold with many changing stories and dynamics, with the President and his GOP opponent walking carefully between the political lines and the national security concerns. But will be curious to watch is how the media twists this story (a) in a favorable light for Obama, and (b) as another assault on our freedom of speech.