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The Jemele Hill controversy portends a world stripped of our culture of free expression

The Jemele Hill controversy portends a world stripped of our culture of free expression

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pounced on ESPN anchor Jemele Hill’s tweet calling President Trump a white supremacist. The tweet, she said, was a “fireable offense.” While outrage is surging on all sides, Sanders’ intemperate use of her White House podium should not come as a big surprise. The kind of harsh private punishment for speech that Sanders called for is now commonplace.

Days ago, the University of Oregon fired Matthew Halls, the director of its Bach Festival. Though the university denies it, a festival performer claims that Halls was dismissed for a joke, told privately, that was misunderstood as racist. This summer, media commentator Lisa Durden was...

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