Memo to The Lobby’s media tyrants: defamation is not protected speech

When it suits the tyrant’s purposes, though, he can feign respect for the public good. To discredit political dissent he can recast a protest as a moral attack on everyone, e.g.: “Enemies among us hate our freedoms!” “No group has the right to tell you what to do!” “Don’t listen to conspiracy theories!” “Report suspicious people to the authorities!"

By playing the victim and pandering to public insecurity, legitimate dissent is made to look criminal and the political issue that motivated the protest becomes lost amid the cacophony of moralism and demagoguery.

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