Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What’s That Word?

Rep.-elect Allen West (R-FL) told a conservative radio talk show host that he thinks the media should be censored for leaking the WikiLeaks cables.

Regardless of whether you think it causes any harm, the fact that here is an individual that is not an American citizen first and foremost, for whatever reason gotten his hands on classified American material and put it out there in the public domain. And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this and also supported him and applauding him for the efforts. So that’s kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime.

After the expected reaction, Mr. West is now trying to walk that back by saying he meant “censuring,” as in condemning what the media is doing, not restricting freedom of the press.

It has never been my intent to quiet or censor the press or anyone for that matter utilizing their right of freedom of speech granted to them under this country’s great American Constitution. The confusion comes with the word censor…when I meant censure- in context that the media should be harshly criticized for printing the damaging documents Assange has released which so clearly puts our soldiers and country at risk.

Yeah, right. Listen to the clip and hear for yourself. In both context and pronunciation, it sure sounds like “censor,” as in restricting the media. And even if he did just mean condemn them for printing the stories, that’s still not the kind of attitude you want from an elected official. After all, isn’t the motto of one of his favorite “news” outlets “We report, you decide”?

PS: If Mr. West wants to see censorship in action, he should check out what the Air Force is doing.