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Response to hughee99 (Reply #17)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:42 PM

18. Every other article has the statement in context - for what it is -

the strong US right to free speech.

The AP article is here and in many other sources - http://bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2013/02/26/john-kerry-pushes-trans-atlantic-free-trade-germany/cr3medzQpYmbCdwYmMXRwI/story.htmlthe

Here is the WP - http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/as-secretary-of-state-john-kerry-still-a-champion-of-massachusetts/2013/02/26/f35039e2-802c-11e2-a350-49866afab584_story.html

Both of these articles show that it was a very well received Youth Connection town hall. (The very type of thing that Reuters would have been thrilled by if it were Clinton or Condi Rice.)

Note that especially in the WP, it is clear that this was a very serious discussion of American culture and values - including speaking of tolerance as a value that took time to develop in the US. Think of the issues facing the US and the problems that have developed - under both Bush and Obama, there have been crises when fringe media have produced outrageous things that other countries were unhappy with that they blamed on the US government.

Do you remember Hillary Clinton and Obama saying almost the same thing about the film that inflamed the middle east?

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