Tuesday, December 14, 2010


You may have seen this story about extremist congressman-elect Allen West:

... On a right-wing Internet radio station last week, Rep.-elect Allen West (R-FL) condemned [Julian] Assange [Of WikiLeaks], and said that he thought the government "should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this." He added that American media outlets which "supported him and applaud[ed]" the WikiLeaks release should also be censored:
WEST: ... Regardless of whether you think it causes any harm, the fact that here is an individual that is not an American citizen first and foremost, for whatever reason gotten his hands on classified American material and put it out there in the public domain. And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this and also supported him and applauding him for the efforts. So that’s kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime.

Now, West is supposedly a tough SOB. He was in the military for many years, and he never lets anyone forget that. He calls Barack Obama "weak" and "effete." Big tough guy! Not afraid of anybody!

... Except, um, when he got bad press for this "censored" remark, he said that -- whoops! -- there must have been a terrible mistake:

I am heard on the African-American Conservative Radio Show saying the media should be censured- meaning "harshly criticized." In no way would I ever ask to "censor" anyone or any organization. Of course, very few news organizations are even printing this reply so here it is for you so you understand my intention and my vision as a leader:

"It has never been my intent to quiet or censor the press or anyone for that matter utilizing their right of freedom of speech granted to them under this country's great American Constitution. The confusion comes with the word censor...when I meant censure- in context that the media should be harshly criticized for printing the damaging documents Assange has released which so clearly puts our soldiers and country at risk."

I've listened to the clip a few times, Mr. West. You did say "censor." You know you did. You know you used the word. Now be a man and own up to it.

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