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Friday, December 19, 2014

Sony allowed censure of it's right to free speech

It's just unbelievable how Fox News Fiction Network (FNFN) hasn't leaped on Sony's kowtow to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment, when the corporation decided not to release the movie "The Interview".

In a year-end press conference, Obama said that he wishes Sony had spoken to him before deciding to back down on the "The Interview" release. In the movie, a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is the story.

"I would have told them 'Do not get into a pattern in which you're intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks,'" said President Obama, at today's news conference.

"That's not who we are. That's not what America's about," he said. ..."I think they (Sony) made a mistake."

Media should be all over Sony Pictures Entertainment. Not releasing "The Interview" is a wrong minded decision by Sony to respond to censorship by the puny tyrant dictator of the despicable North Korean government. North Korea suppresses it's people and there's evidence that he starves them to death. 

Given the over reaction to a cynical movie, it's frightening to imagine what the North Korean dictator Jong-un does to his own people, without due process. 

As a matter of fact, Kim Jong-un murdered his own uncle who apparently wound up on the wrong side of a power struggle.

Obviously, Jong-un finds this cyber attack to be a real time computer game.  Un has the joy stick and now holds up control of the release of "The Interview". What's next? Will the evil despot also put his joy stick on the mark of releasing some rogue weapon of mass destruction? It's possible because,frankly, Jong-un is crazy.

Regardless of who launched the Sony cyber attack, the fact is, the corporation responded to censorship from a rogue nation. They acquiesced in a way the decision making executives would never have accepted and repelled if it came from our own government.

Sony has a lot of explaining to do and learning how to stand tall for freedom of speech  should be part of the corporation's education.

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

Sony violated their corporate responsibility to uphold this basic tenet of the US democracy. Sony is super sensitive to threats from weird and crazy despots like Jong-un, so maybe it's time for the company to live in a place where censorship is North Korea.

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