The opinion page of our paper is one of the few places where Albany’s citizens can expect our right to free speech to be heard, and yet, when I submit a letter, I am limited to 250 words and only allowed two letters a month.
The excuse has always been “limited space,” although I have counted some very long letters this past year and wondered how those writers managed to get past the limit. The consistency of subject matter, as well as the opinions expressed, lends to my suspicions of media bias when it comes to deciding which opinions get printed and which ones get snipped.
This Sunday morning, the editors of this paper chose to waste most of the opinion page printing nonsense by columnist George Will. The piece opens by explaining how a cake-maker is exercising his First Amendment right to religious freedom by not baking a cake. Will then takes off on a multiple-paragraph-tangent about how this cake-maker is not protected by the right to free speech — but wait! Didn’t he just say this case is about religion, not speech?
This opinion piece is classic, bait-and-switch deception; it should also not be protected by the First Amendment. That I need to explain the shenanigans, in a public location such as this paper — and that I must limit my explanation to 250 words — is indicative of a “press” that has gone way beyond its own First Amendment rights.
Albany (Dec. 5)