The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech

The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech

by Kirsten Powers

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ISBN-13: 9781621573708
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 338,528
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kirsten Powers is a Fox News contributor and columnist for USA Today. Powers has been called "Fox's liberal to be reckoned with" by Mediaite and "an outspoken liberal journalist" by the Columbia Journalism Review. The Women's Media Center lauded Powers as a "trailblazer," "powerful," and an "exceptional professional." Prior to her career in journalism, Powers worked in Democratic Party politics and the Clinton administration. She has been published in the Wall Street Journal , New York Observer , New York Post , The Daily Beast, Elle , Salon.com, and the American Prospect online. A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, and graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, Powers currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

1 Repressive Tolerance 1

2 Oelegitimizing Dissent 21

3 Illiberal Intolerance and Intimidation 49

4 Intolerance 101: Shutting Down Debate 69

5 Intolerance 201: Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee 89

6 The War on Fox News 107

7 Muddy Media Waters 131

8 Illiberal Feminist Thought Police 149

9 Feminists against Facts, Fairness, and the Rule of Law 179

Epilogue 199

Notes 203

Index 273

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The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
TheLoon More than 1 year ago
The highest possible credit to a woman of the left who is a very strong believer in most of the core beliefs of the left who is still able to see and document in this book the pernicious dangers in our PC society as exemplified by many left wing zealots. I particularly enjoyed her accurate depiction of these "only the left can speak" types as "religious fanatics". As a person who was in university in the 1960's I have long been appalled at the increasing tide of intolerance that is flooding over our campus communities today. If we can not debate the issues on a campus, where is free speech safe? A great "heads up" wake up call from Ms. Powers who has, with this book, certainly earned my respect as a true liberal thinker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have just read a portion of the book but it is very well written analysis of what I see happening with our "tolerant" liberals in our country. Ms Powers does a good job relating her upbringing in a liberal household in a conservative community where she had the experience of seeing both sides, though she retained her liberal beliefs. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Kirsten Powers for her courage.  The things she writes about are things that many of us have thought was happening for some time.  But this is the first book I've read that tells it like it is.  Thanks for this book.  It is time that every thinking person reads it before it is "too late" to do anything about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be a "must read' for all those on the left who could use some perspective on where they stand and how they got there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that finally tells the truth about the situation that our society dropped to. The minority is trying to rule. It was a breath Oh fresh air. Congratulations to Ms Powers for the wonderful research and airing the truth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe fhis is papaphrasing William F Buckley: Liberals preach tolerance to everyone, except those that disagree with them
ksprings More than 1 year ago
Kirsten Powers writes a thought provoking and interesting case. I have watched Kirsten Powers on Fox News numerous times. I don't always agree with her politics, but she is a skilled and fair-minded commentator. So it can't have been easy to call out her colleagues on their attempts to kill the First Amendment. I could go on about how important the freedom of speech is in a democratic society, and the First Amendment is the cornerstone of all of the freedoms we enjoy in our republic. Kirsten Powers covers how the liberal left attempts to delegitimize their opponents and shut down debates they don't want to have. They have attempted to destroy careers and lives of those who disagree with them. The descriptions bring to mind a chilling vision of George Orwell's 1984, where wrong thinking was a capital offense. Rather than directing attacks using facts, questioning the validity of statistics used and suggesting alternative data collection strategies, what she calls the illiberal left resorts to character assassination and questioning the moral character of those who disagree. I find myself angered and saddened as two important halves of American culture pull further apart. In the end, it will go down in history as progressives receiving yet another lesson in unintended consequences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms Powers is no conservative, but as a true liberal she does have a sense of fairness to views different from her own. The two reviewers (TERRIBLE, Sept 30, 2015 and TRIPE May 21, 2015) should at least read the introduction to better understand Ms Powers background and her liberal views. Kirsten Powers: liberal, well educated, intelligent and not skinny. Yes, however, she is blond.
ryeLee More than 1 year ago
My Hero: I purchased The Silencing not because of its subject matter, but because the author is my hero. As a result of listening to Ms. Powers as a news commentator for the past several years, it occurred to me that she is an objective and trustworthy seeker of the truth. In her book she bravely, as well as quite successfully I should add, confronts the illiberal left's attack on free speech. Ms. Powers documents their routine of impeaching the character of those who disagree with them, "without regard for fairness, the facts, and at times even the law". The Silencing is an important read. Being left leaning and an avid non-fiction reader, I was disappointed to learn that McCarthyism had found such a welcoming home in the illiberal left's social media. Ms. Powers remains my hero.
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Its funny how conservatives can make anything seem like its the lefts fault
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book of falsehoods meant to scare people into submission to the very party who is stripping the citizenry of their rights and freedoms. And to add insult to injury : it is all packaged with a skinny blond. Unspoken subtext: see, this is so obvious even a blond woman can get it .