(Right Country) – Cancel culture is eroding everything that makes American culture great and free.
In the United States, the rights of all Americans to state their views plainly is a sacred, protected right.
Such a right requires the protection of a freedom-loving people who can respond to ideas they don’t like with reason and rhetoric, not with outrage mobs.
Cancel culture is now reaching a fever pitch in the midst of national unrest, hysteria, and heated political battles, and many of those who understand the importance of a free press are fighting back.
Such a one is Chicago Tribune columnist and editor, John Kass, who is boldly defending himself in the face of an attack from the journalists’ union for statements he has made about progressive leftist billionaire and philanthropist George Soros.
Last week, Kass wrote about “an overwhelming sense of lawlessness” in Democrat-run cities, and noted: “[T]hese Democratic cities are also where left-wing billionaire George Soros has spent millions of dollars to help elect liberal social justice warriors as prosecutors. He remakes the justice system in urban America, flying under the radar.”
That statement is entirely accurate.
In 2018, Breitbart News reported that Soros was involved in funding the campaigns of “progressive” district attorneys across the nation. Mainstream media outlets also reported it: the Los Angeles Times noted that Soros was “spending big to help decide who’s your next D.A.,” and that some of the funding was “hidden.”
Soros’s most famous success was Kim Foxx, the controversial Chicago-area prosecutor who infamously dropped the case against actor Jussie Smollett, who faked a hate crime that he blamed on MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters in 2019.
The Chicago Tribune Guild, the union representing journalists at the paper, wrote a letter to the paper accusing Kass of promoting the “odious, anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire George Soros is a puppet master controlling America’s big cities” and demanded that he, and the newspaper, apologize.
Kass was shamefully demoted from a position of “lead columnist” to page 2, justifying this punishment by saying it was part of a general reorganization.
Kass, in response, penned a column where he defiantly refused to apologize and slammed “cancel culture.”
Soros’ influence on these races is undeniable and has been widely reported. But in that column, I did not mention Soros’ ethnicity or religion.
You’d think that before wildly accusing someone of fomenting bigoted conspiracy theories, journalists on the union’s executive board would at least take the time to Google the words “Soros,” “funding” and “local prosecutors.”
I will not apologize for writing about Soros.
I will not bow to those who’ve wrongly defamed me.
I will continue writing my column.
We need more brave journalists to stand up to the anti-American, anti-freedom progressive outrage mob.