Obama’s Double Standard on Offending China and Muslims


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A while ago the Jimmy Kimmel Show had a kid roundtable that offended people in China. It offended them enough that it became a domestic and internal controversy complete with protests and a White House petition that passed 100,000 signatures.

The White House responded to the petition by writing, “The Federal government cannot force ABC to remove this show. The First Amendment of the Constitution protects free speech, even if individuals might personally find it offensive or distasteful. It may be upsetting when people say things we might personally disagree with, but the principle of protected free speech is an important part of who we are as a nation.”

That’s all true, unfortunately it’s not the way that Obama does things. Not when the people offended are Muslims.

The White House asked YouTube on Tuesday to review an anti-Muslim film posted to the site that has been blamed for igniting the violent protests this week in the Middle East.

Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the White House has “reached out to YouTube to call the video to their attention and ask them to review whether it violates their terms of use.”

That’s a roundabout request to remove a video. And while Obama can’t ask ABC to remove a video that offends China, his people can ask YouTube to remove a video that offends Muslims and then jail the director.

There’s a clear and troubling double standard here.

“I am actually kind of distressed by this,” said Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Even though there are all these great quotes from inside the White House saying they support free speech….by calling YouTube from the White House, they were sending a message no matter how much they say we don’t want them to take it down, when the White House calls and asks you to review it, it sends a message and has a certain chilling effect.”

After that precedent, there’s every reason for China to expect Obama to do what they want and hiding behind the First Amendment won’t work because when you urge the removal of a video and jail the man behind it, you are clearly not committed to the Bill of Rights.

It’s all a matter of priorities. Tender Muslim sensitivities come before those of everyone else.

  • Softly Bob

    All the thugs who protected Islam, the most evil ideology on the Planet, will rue the day the day they ever decided to try and prevent free speech against it. Come the day when Islam rules the Globe, these useful idiots will become the victims of the most oppressive system they have ever experienced and they will not know what has hit them.
    Either that, or Islam will be defeated and these Leftist minions will face the wrath of the people, and they will be hanged in the very streets that they live in by the populace that they betrayed.
    Whichever outcome, the enablers of Islam will realise that they made the biggest mistakes of their worthless lives when they decided to support Mohammed’s disgusting, slimy cult!

  • Omar

    This presidency could give two hoots about offending Communist China, unless the “offending” topic focuses on the occupation of Tibet and the plight of the Tibetan people at the hands of the Chinese Communists. Remember that Obama refused to meet with the Dalai Lama in order to appease Beijing’s Communist leadership in preparation for his trip to China. Remember that the radical left in this country and around the world either ignore the atrocities being committed against the Tibetan people or support the plight of the Tibetans because Communist China shares the radical left’s ideology of so-called “social justice”. The radical left views Communist China as “progressive” and a champion of such fake “justice”. In addition, focusing on the oppression of the Tibetan people undermines the left’s supposed stance of being the so-called “champion” of the “little guy” around the world. Instead, the radical left focuses on conflicts that would benefit their totalitarian agenda, such as the nonexistent “oppression” and “genocide” of the so-called “Palestinian” (who are an invented people) Arabs at the hands of the so-called “apartheid” State of Israel, or the supposed so-called “imperialism” that the radical left calls the current relationship between the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and the federal government of the United States (while I too, view the current territory status as flawed, I believe in permanent union for the Caribbean island territory as a state. I also acknowledge that it is statehood opponents in Puerto Rico [notably the supporters of the current status, independence and free association, which are all on the left to the radical left], not the U.S government, that is obstructing the island territory’s path to statehood). Anyway, the radical left and the Islamists are almost like two sides of the same coin, and that coin is censorship and totalitarianism. This presidential administration appeased radical leftists and Islamists while trampling the constitution.

  • worldwatchman

    I’ve wondered how the muslim people accept him as their brother when he’s bi-sexual????