I’ve been wondering if in this era of Obama and fiscal stimulus I’m going to need to break up with all my libertarian friends. But apparently not just yet, since via an appropriately horrified David Rittgers at the Cato blog I see that Tony Blankley has an op-ed pushing for comprehensive press censorship. It seems that letting newspapers run op-eds submitted by representatives of Hamas is an intolerable threat to American security. There’s not much of an argument, but you do get a World War II analogy:
It is hard to imagine the population on the home front during World War II waking up one morning, opening the paper, and finding a direct appeal to the American people from a top official from Nazi Germany’s Propaganda Ministry, or an entreaty from an Imperial Japanese pilot suspected of participating in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This is hard to imagine. On the other hand, it’s also very hard to imagine that Goebbels placing an op-ed in The Washington Post would have changed the outcome of the war. We’re also not at war with Hamas, so the analogy seems inapplicable. And while Osama bin Laden doesn’t write op-eds, the press does cover his statements. And rightly so — it’s news and it’s newsworthy.