Freedom of speech at Powerline

by John Q on April 10, 2005

Since I’m not much interested in memos, I’d never visited Powerline until today. But I happened to follow a link from DC Media Girl and came across this post by Scott (a Dartmouth alum) about trustee elections at Dartmouth. Apparently Peter Robinson and Todd Zywicki[1] are running on a free speech platform, promising to “rescind all infringements on freedom of speech while promoting a climate in which every man or woman on campus feels genuinely at liberty to speak his or her mind.”, views Scott finds “powerful” . But what concerns him most is that ” Some alumni banded together several weeks ago to put up a site (“Alumni for a Strong Dartmouth”) attacking Robinson and Zywicki in apparent violation of the college’s rules against campaigning. ” Following a couple of links, we find one supporter who’s alive to at least one of the contradictions that the great minds at Powerline apparently missed, saying “The campaigning policy may be one freedom of speech limitation that I actually support”.

fn1. I assume this is the Todd Zywicki at Volokh. I have no reason to suppose he or Robinson is associated with attempts to shut down free speech.



detached observer 04.10.05 at 8:57 am

What, exactly, is contradictory about wanting to change the law while attacking others for breaking it before it has been changed?

One can believe that a law while simultenously believing its wrong to break laws.


Blar 04.10.05 at 1:01 pm

It is the Todd Zywicki of Volokh Conspiracy. He’s mentioned the election here and elsewhere.


Obvious Observations 04.10.05 at 1:45 pm

So, you’re saying that PowerLibel is being hyprocritical?!?! Stop the presses.

In other breaking news, people will die today, and others will pay taxes.

And btw, Zywicki is the worst blogger on the conspiracy — he makes Bernstein look like a fair-minded independent thinker.


John Quiggin 04.10.05 at 2:55 pm

“What, exactly, is contradictory about wanting to change the law while attacking others for breaking it before it has been changed?”

umm, in the context of a post that urges people to vote and mentions that candidate X has really good ideas ?


detached observer 04.10.05 at 5:01 pm

john quiggin,

you are right – sorry for my sloppy reading of your post.


monkyboy 04.11.05 at 3:54 am

I looked at the site meter for Powerline.

Their average visit is 3 seconds.

Are they getting paid by the visit???


nofundy 04.11.05 at 12:44 pm

Shorter PowderLine:
I’m for free speech except when I’m against it.

This is the smae Dartmouth that produced so many of our fine wing nut pundits (Laura Ingraham) and they are concerned about free speech?! Huh!

Are they getting paid by the visit???
Well, kinda, yeah. Most right wing blogs seem to have patrons instead of relying on blogads of reader contributions. Things like Glassman’s almost-like-journalism techcentralstation, for example, fund dollars to winger bloggers.

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