Turley Interviewed by Bret Baier on the Release of The Indispensable Right
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by jonathanturley
2h ago
Last night, I had the pleasure of doing the first television interview on Special Report with Bret Baier on the release of my new book, The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage. I have been truly delighted with the many kind notes and reviews of the book.  It made the top “Movers and Shakers” in books on Amazon on its first day out. Given the recent books calling for the curtailment of free speech or the outright rewriting of the First Amendment, it is bucking the trend in academia. I am happy to see people interested in exploring the history and meaning of free speech from ..read more
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Snitches Give Stitches: Oregon Moves to Make Reporting Microaggressions Mandatory for Doctors
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by jonathanturley
17h ago
There is a controversy in Oregon over a proposed change in the ethics rule from the Oregon Medical Board. At issue is the use of “microaggressions” to discipline doctors and to make reporting such transgressions mandatory for all doctors. It seems before you can give stitches, you have to join snitches under one of the most ambiguous categories of prescribed speech. I have been a critic of microaggression rules on college campuses and discuss this trend in my book out this week, The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage. In past debates over this category of offensive speech, I ha ..read more
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The Indispensable Right Is Now Available!
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by jonathanturley
2d ago
The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage is now released! It is available on Amazon and local bookstores. Absent breaking news, I will do my first television interview tonight on Special Report with Bret Baier (6-7 ET). As always, I am deeply appreciative to everyone who has purchased early copies of the first edition of this work. The Kindle and audiotape versions are now immediately available. The book itself can be mailed directly from Amazon or purchased locally. We were surprised that Barnes & Noble put in on display a couple days early. This book has been 30 years in t ..read more
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Poll: Only 28 Percent of the Public Has “High Confidence” in Higher Education
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by jonathanturley
2d ago
A new poll conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago (commissioned by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression) shows that only 28% of Americans have a lot of trust in higher education. Academia has continued to alienate much of the country as an orthodox echo chamber. As with media outlets, the result has been falling interest and trust in these institutions.The poll asked “How much confidence, if any, do you have in U.S. colleges and universities?” Only 28% said they had a “great deal of confidence in colleges and universities.” Not surprisingly, given the ideological b ..read more
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The Corruption of Merrick Garland
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by jonathanturley
3d ago
Below is my column in The Hill on the concerning record of Attorney General Merrick Garland on a variety of recent matters, including a frivolous privilege claim to withhold the audiotape of President Joe Biden during the Hur interview. There is a certain corruption of judgment that is evident from this and other decisions by Garland since he became Attorney General. Here is the column: This week, Attorney General Merrick Garland took to the pages of the Washington Post to lash out at critics who are spreading what he considers “conspiracy theories crafted and spread for the purpose of underm ..read more
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Father’s Day on the Billy Goat Trail
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by jonathanturley
4d ago
I wanted to wish all of the dads on the blog a wonderful Father’s Day. I started my own celebration before dawn on the Billy Goat trail to watch the sun go up while hiking along the river. It was glorious, as always.  I have a few pictures from this morning’s hike. The trail was teeming with wildlife, including a wonderful owl sitting majestically on a rock: Coming over some boulders on the rock scramble, I came face to face with a rather large brown fox. He was a surprised to see me as I was him. After giving him a lot of room, I was able to cut back and take a snap: The river was like ..read more
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“A Bracing . . . Buoyant Book”: Wall Street Journal Reviews “The Indispensable Right”
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by jonathanturley
5d ago
As the first edition goes out this week, the Wall Street Journal has published its review of The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage. Tunku Varadarajan takes a deep dive into the book and its historical, philosophical, and cultural exploration of this quintessentially American right. I am profoundly grateful for this thorough and positive review of the book. “Mr. Turley has written a learned and bracing book, rigorously detailed and unfailingly evenhanded. For all his grim recounting of the assaults on free speech, his is ultimately a buoyant book.” Wall Street Journal You ca ..read more
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MSNBC Legal Analyst and Law Professor Barbara McQuade Doubles Down on Laptop “Conspiracy Theory”
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by jonathanturley
6d ago
We have previously discussed the view of Michigan Law Professor and MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuade on free speech. We have strikingly different views on free speech. McQuade just published “Attack from Within: How Disinformation Is Sabotaging America” and calls free speech our “Achilles heel.” My book, The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage, is out in the coming days with a more robust view of free speech. Notably, McQuade’s call to limit free speech is justified as needed to combat disinformation, misinformation, and malinformation. Yet, McQuade just went public with a fu ..read more
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Capitol Vapors: The Faux Outrage Over the Alito Flags and Tapes
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by jonathanturley
6d ago
Below is my column in The Hill on the renewed attacks on Justice Samuel Alito after a liberal activist secretly taped a dinner conversation with him and his wife. The feigned outrage of pundits and politicians is absurdly unconnected to anything even remotely surprising or unethical in the comments. Here is the column: In a world of moral relativism, Lauren Windsor may reign supreme. The Democratic activist recently lied to justices in order to record answers at a dinner. In an interview with CNN, the filmmaker (who has been lionized by many in the media for her dishonesty) cheerfully explaine ..read more
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Bump is Back: The Washington Post Makes Last Plea to Keep the Laptop “Conspiracy Theory” Alive
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by jonathanturley
1w ago
Across the media, journalists have recognized that the Hunter Biden laptop is authentic and, as established early by American intelligence agencies, not “Russian disinformation.” With the authentication of the laptop in the Delaware trial as “real” and untampered, most media has chosen to walk away with a slightly embarrassed shrug. Not the Washington Post. Its columnist, Philip Bump, was one of the most prominent purveyors of what the U.S. government now calls a “conspiracy theory.” This week, Bump ran another column to assure liberals that they were right all along about the laptop story ..read more
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