To the Editor:
The recent editorial Preserve listeners freedom to choose, started out well enough labeling Limbaughs recent comments about a courageous young woman as, overly personalized attacks.However, it then went astray by painting Limbaugh, and his supporters, as the victims of left-wing attacks.
Lets get back to the real issue: hate speech. Some forms of speech are not protected by the Constitutions First Amendment. For example, defamation, defined as the making of a statement of purported fact which reflects negatively on a person and which tends to adversely affect that persons reputation, is not protected speech. Under the law, defamation is called slander if publication is accomplished by oral communication.
Lets look at this issue another way. Perhaps bullying isnt a problem in Wallowa County schools. However, it is a very real problem in other areas. More and more attention is being paid to the effect bullying has on people. Limbaughs comments were certainly defamatory and slanderous. More importantly, they were also bullying. A community that tolerates such speech, let alone attempts to elevate the bully to the status of victim, helps to perpetuate speech that is hateful by providing it a platform.