I admit, we progressives and our insistence upon a certain PC view are getting out of hand. We are restraining free speech … Ha ha. Actually, the only thing imperiling free speech within conservative circles is Donald Trump, specifically, the “True Trumpers'” inability to tolerate any sort of dissent or criticism.
Denver conservative radio talk show host Craig Silverman was fired mid-show yesterday after he aired a segment on Roy Cohn. Cohn, of course, was the ruthless attorney who worked with Joseph McCarthy during the red scare period in the early 50s and was the mobbed-up’ Trump family attorney in the 1970s and 80s.
According to Business Insider:
The incident came one day after Silverman posted a Facebook status praising the US former envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as “an American hero” for testifying in the impeachment hearings against Trump.
Later in the post, he asks listeners to tune into his show for “independent analysis of the most important events of our time,” and that they “be prepared to be challenged.”
It probably is embarrassing for Trumpers to hear that Trump really did employ Roy Cohn and really did take Cohn’s most despicable tactics to heart. Indeed, if a person knew the entire background, one might hear echoes of Cohn’s “wisdom” in Trump’s impeachment defense.
Regardless, Silverman’s praise of Ambassador Yovanovitch surely set the process in motion. Yet something about the Cohn segment compelled management to fire Silverman before show’s end. That is almost creepy. One envisions a program director listening in his car, freaking out, picking up a phone and …. We were not there, can’t know. It is weird, though.
Silverman responded admirably:
“I cannot and will not toe strict Trump party line,” Silverman wrote on Twitter. “I call things as I see them. I see corruption and blatant dishonesty by President and his cronies. I also see bullying/smearing of American heroes w/courage to take oath and tell truth. Their bravery inspires me.”
Good for him.
And good luck getting another job in today’s conservative media ecosystem. There is no tolerance for dissent. It has become a cult of personality, and anyone who even dares to testify to facts becomes a “never Trumper” no matter how obvious the facts and no matter how mild the criticism.
Regardless, we should support those who are able to see the ridiculousness of it and choose to stand up against it. Silverman lost his livelihood, and that is brave. Many of us can rail against Trump and not lose anything. Good luck to him.