Dropping [Alex] Jones isn’t the problem. Using hate speech as the excuse is — because the definition of hate speech is often simply any speech the left hates ….
Meanwhile, my National Review colleague David French, a prominent First Amendment lawyer, recently argued in The New York Times that the solution is to give up the amorphous concept of “hate speech” and instead rely on the standards and norms of the First Amendment itself: Bar anybody who regularly engages in libelous or slanderous speech.
I like this proposal quite a bit. It would still be an editorial standard. YouTube, Facebook, et al. would still have to use their own judgment, but this standard is more transparent, empirical and objective: Is this person lying with malign intent?
Goldberg also admonishes “us” to stop patronizing malign internet liars, which casts a net considerably wider than Alex Jones, Infowars, and the Daily Stormer. It includes the President’s Twitter feed.
I would add “stop patronizing fever swamp conspiracy theorists, too,” as I dropped a blogger today who used to be irreverent and funny, but now is suggesting that the Brits, not the Russians, poisoned people with nerve gas as some kind of false flag operation.
That was the last straw. It’s not inconceivable, but I don’t have time to check out too many far-fetched theoretical possibilities.