Rosie O'Donnell, Don Imus, and Godwin's Law
You have to love this. Like the ouroboros eating itself, the Left attacks the attacking of its own precious speech codes.
Rosie, Behar, and Barbara Walters -- leftwing feminists all -- come to the defense of poor Don Imus, who has been suspended for two weeks for his slanderous remarks about a college's women's basketball team.
And Rosie gets right to point:
HASSELBECK: I get it. Along with freedom of speech, there's discretion and responsibility. And I feel like we toss those two things out just for the right of freedom of speech.
O’DONNELL: Right, but once we have somebody who’s going to decide what’s the right words to say, and the wrong words to say, we're going down the Nazi Germany road.
In debate, Rosie's rhetorical flourish is called Godwin's Constant, which is roughly summarized as: in a debate, the probability that someone will at some point eventually invoke the name of Hitler or the word Nazi eventually rises to one.
The offshoot of this is called Godwin's Law, which is that the first person to invoke Hitler or make a comparison to Nazi Germany automatically loses the debate.
Godwin's Law is also know as the Reductio ad Hitlerum logical fallacy.
The reason these three very liberal women all have their feminist panties in a bunch over Imus's suspension is because, of course, Rosie O'Donnell is in immediate and well-deserved danger of being fired off the show for her using The View's Disney-owned, advertiser-supported, and publically-regulated platform to espouse lunatic conspiracy theories about our own government being involved in the planning and execution of 9/11 (among other of her asinine, but less societally poisonous remarks).
And so it comes to pass that the radical Left, who invented the speech codes of what can and can't be said on college campuses, hilariously finds itself on the wrong side of that which it invented. "Free speech for me, but not for thee" indeed, time after time.
I wish they had someone on a little smarter than Hassellbeck to put these hags in their places. She is hot, and fun to look at, but a Laura Ingraham or a Tammy Bruce (who wrote the excellent book about speech codes and the radical Left, "The New Thought Police: Inside the Left's Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds") would have absolutely taken Big Rosie apart limb from limb when she started invoking the N-word (Nazi).
Either of those two could have quickly and forcefully made the following points:
1. Absolute free speech is not guaranteed: there are explicit restrictions as determined by various Supreme Court decisions over the years, such as the "imminent danger" doctrine that forbids you from yelling fire in a theater, and for which you can be prosecuted in criminal court, and the using of slanderous or libelous words for which you can be sued in civil court, just to name two off the top of my head.
2. Imus is an employee of a private corporation that is advertiser-funded. Them taking him off the air is not "censorship." If the federal government demanded Imus be taken off the air, that would be censorship. (The "legal" version of "governemnt censorship" goes by the code-name of "FCC Regulations." Howard Stern's employer, Clear Channel, was fined MILLIONS over the years by the FCC for Howard's violations of FCC regs, but government storm troopers never invaded the studios and turned off the microphones, no matter how much it may have seemed that way in Howard's mind).
Instead of firing Rosie, they should keep her on, fire Behar, who adds nothing, and looks like a bad Bette Midler female impersonator, and replace her with an Ingraham or Bruce. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and to have Rosie spouting the Left's most moonbat talking points is actually useful, since they are so easily debunked and obviously moronic even to the Stepford Wives who endure the Left's daily brainwashing via The View and The Today Show daily lessons in Goodthink.
One final note, just to prove that Godwin's Constant is indeed a constant: Imus apologizing to Al Sharpton for using racially-charged language is like Ahmadinejad apologizing to Hitler for being anti-semitic.