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Response to hughee99 (Reply #57)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 11:18 PM

69. The RW will attack both - the difference is that most of the mainstream media

built Hillary up as First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State.

I think you are ignoring the context, he was speaking to young people in an informal town hall. It was both well received and well attended. The comment IN CONTEXT is defending a level of freedom of speech that is unusual. There are many things that can be printed or said in the US that would be illegal in Germany. He was also speaking of the how it was related to tolerance.

This is not something that other statespeople have not spoken of. The reason is that in many countries - not Germany, but Egypt for example - there is disbelieve that things the US government completely disagrees with can be published (or if movies, made and distributed) The balance is hard - it is imperative to express how disagreeable the content is to (the speaker) as is the need to defend the right to say it. Both Hillary and Obama did so after the video - and both had the statements taken apart by the RW as "apologizing for our values". Kerry was speaking in a more informal setting, but he achieved the same balance.

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