On Friday night, Bill Maher took up the subject of free speech in the wake of Alex Jones being thrown off of social media platforms on his HBO show.
“If you’re a liberal you’re supposed to be for free speech,” he said. “That’s free speech for things you hate—that’s what free speech means. We’re losing the thread of the concepts that are important to this country. Either you care about the real American sh*t or you don’t. And if you do it goes for every side. I don’t like Alex Jones, but Alex Jones gets to speak. Everybody gets to speak.”
Maher was quickly confronted by conservative political commentator Charlie Sykes, who defended the companies that have tossed Jones.
“Sure, but he doesn’t necessarily get to speak of Facebook or Twitter,” Sykes said. “If he goes out and engaged in vile slander and fabrication about the children of Sandy Hook and he harassed the parents of children who were murdered at Sandy Hook, you know what: Facebook, Twitter, none of them have an obligation to provide him a platform. They’re private companies.”
Maher conceded this point: private enterprise doesn’t have an obligation to give Jones a platform.
“If you make a T-shirt that says ‘Your mother sucks c*cks in hell, they don’t have to sell it at Baby Gap,” Maher said.
The panel then discussed Twitter’s one-week suspension of Alex Jones and how Jones is unlikely to now change.
“The timeout? The Twitter thing is just ridiculous,” Sykes said. “W’re going to have Alex Jones off Twitter for a week so he thinks about what he’s done. I mean, what, he’s some sort of 9-year-old? He’s going to say ‘Oh, I’m really sorry about that, the kids really are dead.'”
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ran warned Sunday that the fate of a UK-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf depends on an investigation, as Britain prepared for an emergency security meeting on Tehran's action.
Iranian authorities impounded the Stena Impero with 23 crew members aboard off the port of Bandar Abbas after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized it Friday in the highly sensitive Strait of Hormuz.
Video footage released by Iran showed the Stena Impero tanker being surrounded by speedboats before troops in balaclavas descend a rope from a helicopter onto the vessel.
In an audio recording of a radio exchange, an Iranian officer can be heard ordering the tanker to change course "immediately".
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Cuba's constitution guarantees its people access to its beaches, but many locals are unable to enjoy the island's pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters.
While foreign tourists flock to such paradisiacal Havana sites as Varadero, which was this year named the second most-beautiful beach in the world by American travel website TripAdvisor, Cubans are typically found elsewhere.
"Not many tourists come here," said 43-year-old Rey Gonzalez, who was enjoying a day at Guanabo, a beach east of the capital.
Guanabo's sand isn't as white and the water not quite as clear as Varadero's, but that mattered little to Gonzalez, who was there with his family.