Ken Blackwell / June 16, 2021

The New York Times’ Ironic Coverage of the ‘Woke’ ACLU

The Times needs to look in the mirror and ask itself if it believes in free speech.

With a stunning lack of self-awareness, the New York Times recently published an extraordinary piece about the modern Americans Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU started more than 100 years ago while defending conscientious objectors during World War I. Since then, the legal organization has supported the worst forms of speech imaginable from Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Nation of Islam. For all its many faults, the ACLU used to stand on principle in defense of abhorrent speech.

However, past famed ACLU attorneys are speaking out that the organization has caved to “cancel culture” and joined the censorious, authoritarian left. Since 2016, the ACLU has embraced the anti-Trump resistance with numerous campaigns, such as partisan efforts to accuse Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and label all police officers as white supremacists.

Becoming partisan has been lucrative for the ACLU. Its annual budget has nearly tripled to $300 million while the number of lawyers on staff has doubled, with none of the new hires specializing in free speech. The new ACLU only deeply cares about robustly progressive causes that leave America’s founding principles behind.

While the Times rightly criticizes the ACLU for becoming an arbiter of free speech instead of defender, the Gray Lady’s lack of self-awareness is extraordinary.

The New York Times, which has been a cheerleader for “cancel culture,” should be examining itself. The Times, which has been one of the greatest beneficiaries of free speech protections, long ago decided to dismiss liberal principles by censoring those who disagree with political Democrat orthodoxy.

The Times has driven out opinion writers that are not sufficiently woke while alienating out well-respected conservative voices. The Times recently pushed out opinion writers who spoke out against anti-Semitism, fired a famed science reporter for using a racial slur in an academic context, and got rid of an editor for having the audacity to run an op-ed by current U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) that called for the deployment of federal troops in response to the George Floyd-related riots.

“Cancel culture” is a double entendre of the dangerous kind. It is not just about canceling individuals or entities who offend leftist activists and their Twitter supporters; it is about fundamentally canceling America.

By embracing cancel culture, the Times is standing with a political movement that does not believe in the fundamental goodness of America. The cancel culture movement disregards our values, historical narrative, monuments, and anything that makes us uniquely American, especially the right to disagree.

Once considered America’s newspaper of record, the Times has been reduced to an extreme propaganda machine that will not let talented journalists get in the way of ideologically driven campaigns to censor constitutionally protected speech.

The Times needs to look in the mirror and ask itself if it believes in free speech.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.