A group that promotes freedom of speech for African-Americans has expressed disgust following liberal backlash against the television appearance of a conservative commentator.
Project 21 claims that left-wing professionals showed contempt for the First Amendment by opposing the appearance of Andrew Breitbart, who is white, on ABC News' election night coverage. The liberal group Media Matters for America said that the network was putting its credibility on the line by associating with Breitbart.
Leaders of Project 21, which is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research, accused the liberal organization of being hypocritical by claiming to be champions of openness and decency while, at the same time, trying to suppress Breitbart's views.
"Silencing speech is the consistent theme used by progressives," said Project 21 full-time fellow Deneen Borelli. "Progressives will conveniently play the race card or launch smear campaigns in their desperate attempt to control conservative thought."
Borelli said liberals also disregarded the First Amendment when NPR, a left-wing media organization, fired Juan Williams for expressing his feelings about Muslims during an appearance on FOX News.
An editorial in The Watertown Daily Times urged citizens to demand that Congress halt all funding for NPR following the termination of Williams, who was the only African-American news commentator on the public broadcasting network. The news provider claimed that Williams was fired for being honest and expressing views that were not liberal enough for NPR.