Rush Limbaugh’s Comments on Lawsuit Against Fox News Prove He Has No Idea What Freedom of Speech Means

rush-limbaugh-readingThe topic of “freedom of speech” is always one that’s very interesting to discuss. If you ask most people, they’ll proudly proclaim that they “love” free speech and view it as one of the cornerstones of any free society. And they’re right. A nation can’t truly call itself a “free society” if its citizens aren’t allowed to express themselves openly and freely without fear of legal prosecution.


That being said, there’s also a tendency for many of the same people who claim to love free speech to want to silence those who say things with which they disagree. And that’s where the gray area comes in. Can someone really claim to “love” free speech when they’re actively out to try to put a muzzle on those who say things they don’t like? But then there’s the other side of that argument as well. Isn’t one person speaking out against someone they disagree with just another form of freedom of speech?

Because while our freedom of speech gives us the legal protection to say pretty much whatever we want without fear of prosecution for what we say, our First Amendment does not protect us from facing repercussions in the private sector for the words that come out of our mouths.

You’re absolutely free to tell your boss to go to hell without fear of legal ramifications. However, that doesn’t mean your boss can’t hold you accountable (most likely with a swift write-up or termination) for doing so.

And our First Amendment doesn’t protect people or businesses that knowingly and willfully lie to degrade or defame another person or business, which is what the city of Paris is suing Fox News over. When the conservative entertainment network willfully allowed “experts” to spread numerous lies about Paris’ mythical “no-go” zones, then pushed these lies as “fact” either maliciously or irresponsibly, then their “speech” became liable.

Rush Limbaugh apparently doesn’t seem to understand this fact.


“Here’s Fox News, First Amendment, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and CNN is ecstatic and happy that Fox News is going to be sued for referring to the no-go zones in Paris,” Limbaugh said. “They’re very happy about it. You know the old saying, you believe in something, you watch somebody else lose it and you do nothing to defend it, you’ve got no excuse when they come for you.”

This isn’t about free speech. Fox News is fully within their right to make factually based statements against the city of Paris. But what they can’t do is fabricate lies and push blatant misinformation to try to degrade a city. For example, as a writer I can mock Sarah Palin about almost anything she does as a public figure. But what I cannot do is make up lies about her and push those lies as “fact” in an attempt to slander her.

Oh, and for the record, France is not governed under our Constitution so our First Amendment really has nothing to do with the city of Paris. Besides, willful defamation and slander are not protected under the any sensible notion of “free speech.”

Ironically, just a couple of months ago, Limbaugh threatened to sue the DCCC claiming that they took comments he made out of context in an attempt to slander him. Funny, he didn’t seem to be such a fan of “free speech” back then, now did he? And all the DCCC did was use his exact words – and he still threatened to sue. 

What an absolute hypocrite.

It’s no wonder Rush Limbaugh is considered the least trusted member of the national media.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Stef Fernald

    Viagra much, rush?

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    • FrankRetodCuffook

      Rush is a genius. The guy gets it. Those loser protestors should have been arrested and put in jail. They are a bunch of libtard douche bags.

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      • WisdomForYou

        FrankRetodCuffook wrote:

        “Rush is a genius. The guy gets it.”

        Frank: Your love of Rush makes me a little uncomfortable. It borders on the homosexual.

        Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

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  • Cemetery Girl

    Freedom of speech is such a difficult thing to support. It is very easy to support it when you agree with the speech, but if you can still believe that freedom of speech is valuable when what is being said is the opposite of views then you do support it.
    People really do need to grasp liable and slander though. Telling a fact doesn’t fall under these. Making something up, that falls into those.

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        I’m reporting you to moderators Tony because you have a strange obsession with calling people fat.

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    • Sue Brennan

      Friendly Correction: It’s “libel”.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Oh! Thank you! I type on a handheld device and when these things happen I’m never sure if the error was me, my thumbs, or auto-correct (or a combo!)

      • Sue Brennan

        I drive myself crazy, because I always spot my typos the split second after I hit “Post” — when it’s too late!

  • “the cat” is back

    What a well spoken speech..

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  • FrankRetodCuffook

    You know what’s funny? The people who were protesting on behalf of the 3 thugs who are no longer roaming our streets in hoodies and jeans hanging off their bodies. God Bless George Zimmerman, Officer Wilson and the NYPD. True American HEROS.

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      What an ass…

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  • “the cat” is back

    Could not agree more. Zimmerman could of did a better speech then that hoodie Obama gave, what a joke

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    • Sue Brennan

      Oh, no, “the cat is black”! YOU could of did a much gooder speech THEN everybody!!

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        You’re makin’ no sense,and it’s easy to call someone a coward over the internet…

    • Sue Brennan

      P.S. Fox News is not going to pay you for being a troll.

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  • BobJThompson

    The Jack-holes sure do come out to defend their idol Rush.

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  • David Buerkel

    Limbaugh needs to be put out to pasture with John McCain!!!

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  • 4thStooge

    Sorry, but I can’t consider the drugster to be a part of any “national media” any more than Jimmy Fallon or Conan O’Brien. He is a buffoon with a radio talk show that provides entertainment to, shall we say, the less intelligent citizens of our country. To legitimize him by referring to him as “the media” is more than a stretch.

  • Steven78

    RUSH LIMBAUGH IS A GREAT ADVOCATE OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT as long as everyone agrees with the lies and crap the bloated one spews out. Disagree with him and you have no rights, you’re not patriotic, yadda yadda yadda….I swear, when Limbaugh was a kid, his parents dressed him up as a speed bump for Halloween.

  • TREP

    A site that proves that the people of America have been brainwashed and are total idiots. But at least you idiots are guaranteed your right to free speech as well.