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Is banning 'fringe views' from the media how liberals want to deal with conservatives?

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First they came for freedom of speech (speech codes on campus). Then it was freedom of religion (employers can't practice their religious beliefs at work). Is freedom of the press for "fringe" voices next?

The answer is an unqualified yes, given a new meme that appears to be gaining significant traction among Leftstream commentators.

The movement is just beginning, but it will almost certainly grow because of the logic that people in the media with a monopoly on truth are justified in silencing those who disagree with them.

A bloody bad idea

Politico media critic Dylan Byers noted Monday that British news executives have been encouraged by the BBC Trust to stop putting cameras in front of "cranks to air 'marginal views.'"

The Telegraph's Sarah Knapton reported that "some 200 staff have already attended seminars and workshops and more will be invited on courses in the coming months to stop them giving 'undue attention to marginal opinion.'"

The BBC Trust was concerned, according to Knapton, that "there was still an ‘over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality,’ which sought to give the ‘other side’ of the argument, even if that viewpoint was widely dismissed."

Can you guess which views?

Here on the right side of the big pond, Byers informs us, Slate's Phil Plait explains that "obviously, the topic most abused in this way was the reality of global warming.

Plait is delighted, too, because denying air time to those with "fringe" opinions is "precisely the right thing to do, sorely needed and sorely overdue."

Just in case there's any doubt about which "fringe" views would be censored in Plait's media universe, he helpfully asks "why put on a climate change denier when we're talking about our planet heating up?"

Don't confuse them with facts

On almost the same day Byers posted his BBC Trust item about the BBC Trust report and Plait's comments, Forbes' James Taylor reported this:

"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data confirm the United States has been cooling for at least the past decade.

"The NOAA temperature data are driving a stake through the heart of alarmists claiming accelerating global warming."

"Fringe" voices like that of James Taylor won't be heard when people like Phil Plait run the media show. After all, diversity of viewpoints is such an archaic concept.

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