According to this article, former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove spoke to a crowd at Loyola Marymount University in California last night. The topic of his speech: The First Amendment.
The article reports the controversies, both in Rove’s speech and in reaction from the crowd. What did the report include about the supposed topic of the night?
Among Rove’s more sympathetic questioners, the overriding concern was over liberal bias in the media.
“This election was unbelievably tilted to Obama, and that’s not healthy for the system,” Rove concurred. “That coverage is putting a finger on the scale.”
Rove argued that most members of the national media live in Washington and New York and went to eastern schools, and absorb the liberal views of their surroundings.
Now, it may be unfair “liberal” bias, such that the reporter neglected to discuss any of Rove’s additional comments about the First Amendment, but I would not be surprised if there were little, if any. As the mastermind of misinformation, secrecy, and privilege, and whose party’s candidate for vice-president during this election cycle refused to talk to reporters except in the most controlled of situations, I can’t imagine that Mr. Rove has a lot of sympathy for an expansive version of the First Amendment. His solution: Blame the “liberal” media for negative coverage of his guy, even though the “liberal” media was extremely gracious (and trusting) for at least 6 years of the Bush 43 presidency. Regardless of your view of the Bush 43 policies or Mr. Rove’s political tactics, I think you’d agree–he’s not the best guy in the world to lecture about the First Amendment.
EDIT: Apparently, Mr. Rove did speak about the First Amendment. Although according to this (very) opposing viewpoint, that didn’t go over very well, either.