2002-03-02 / Letters

Freedom Of Speech, For Some?

Freedom Of Speech, For Some?

Dear Editor;

Last week's editorial in the Wave, "Remember the Constitution?" showed that even our local paper is not above the common practice of the media pandering to Hollywood nitwits. First off, Richard Gere is identified as "a well-known and respected actor."  Who determines that he is "respected"? I remember him basically as the "john" in that late 80's movie that glorified prostitution, or as Cindy Crawford's old boyfriend.

Regardless, the editorial takes the attendance at the Madison Square Garden WTC tribute concert to task for booing Mr. Gere's anti-war diatribe that night. The concertgoers, made up mostly of the brave men and women who work for the FDNY, NYPD, EMT and PAPD, and their families, were people who suffered great losses only a few weeks before.

The editorialist claims that they "forgot about. "freedom of speech" and that they were an "embarrassment" for their jeers. Wasn't the crowd just exercising its freedom of speech by
disagreeing with the speaker? Why are Mr. Hollywood's ramblings considered more important than Mike the Fireman's, or Richie the Cop's?

In the same issue, one of the paper's columnists, who is also an associate editor of the Wave, uses his freedom of speech to make wild accusations, misrepresent facts and butcher the English language. The G-Man starts off with a juvenile comment about President Bush drinking before his State of the Union speech. He also claims that the U.S. will be going after countries in Africa in the war on terrorism, yet never once names which ones.  Also contained within the run-on sentences, dangling participles and confusing slang is his idea that the President Bush phrase "Axis of Evil" will alienate our allies around the world.

 Already that has been proven wrong, as Italian intelligence helped foil a bomb plot against the U.S. Embassy in Rome this past week. Other allies, who have spent fractions of what we do in defense, yet have expected the U.S. to protect them for the last 60 years, will also get on board when they are threatened by these terrorists.

Editor Howard Schwach wrote last week, that the Wave has a "moral obligation to print diverse viewpoints on issues of the day." Hopefully the paper will now print columns and letters to refute the slanted liberal views of most of its staff.

MIKE O'NEILL


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