NO NYT, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DON’T SUPPORT FREE SPEECH – “The New York Times” is impressed:
Support among American high school students for the First Amendment is stronger today than it has been in the last 12 years, according to the latest in a series of large nationwide surveys of the nation’s rising voters.
Some 91 percent of high school students say they believe that individuals should be allowed to express unpopular opinions, according to a Knight Foundation survey of nearly 12,000 students conducted last year. The survey is the sixth in a series, the first of which was carried out in 2004, when 83 percent supported such rights.
True, as far as it goes, but then you get into the detail:
What is offensive speech? What is bullying speech? Since the left now pretty much defines these terms as anything they disagree with, offensive and bullying speech more than likely are your (unpopular opinion). The truth of the matter is that free speech is unpopular opinions and offensive speech and bullying speech, otherwise it’s meaningless. So instead of the headline “First Amendment Support Climbing Among High School Students”, the NYT should have said “Only Minority of High School Students Support Free Speech”.
(Since in the past reports, Knight Foundation did not ask students to differentiate between unpopular opinions, offensive speech and bullying speech, it is not possible to see where the trend lies.)