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Chris Cuomo's 'Twitter War' Carries Over Into Second Day

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 05:10 PM

CNN's "New Day" host Chris Cuomo's "Twitter war" expanded into its second day, with Cuomo attempting to clarify, via a Facebook video, his earlier misstatement that hate speech is not excluded from the protection of the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech.

Cuomo, commenting on the Mohammed cartoon competition which set off the shooting in Garland, Texas, came under heavy tweet-fire from Twitter's "angry birds" Thursday after he sent out this tweet about the Constitution protecting hate speech:

The Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, a supporter of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, responded:


Greenwald added:


Cuomo initially attempted to support his position by citing the 1942 Chaplinsky vs. New Hampshire case in which the Supreme Court exempted "fighting words" from First Amendment protection:


However, his argument didn't hold up for long, as "Tweeters" continued to lambaste Cuomo, who is also an attorney, for his position.

Cuomo responded:


"Chaplinsky is the one carve out. Period. I never said it applied to #Garland. EVER. so now what?" Cuomo asked in another tweet.

Thursday, in a video post on his webpage, Cuomo said, "I got beat up for this tweet that I made. It was a clumsy tweet. I got caught up in a back and forth."

"Here’s the bottom line: of course hate speech is almost always protected by the First Amendment. It doesn’t say that in the First Amendment but the case law does. It’s always about the case law in understanding the Constitution. It’s all about how it’s interpreted by our justice system. So I created confusion that I was trying to clarify. That’s the irony, but that’s on me."

"It's a bit worrisome that some members of the media are more concerned about provocation than the insane reaction from a member of the Islamic community who sees a cartoon, gets angry, and then grabs an assault rifle to engage in the slaughter of innocents," Matt Vespa commented at Townhall.com.

"Free speech is free speech. I may not like people burning the American flag, advocating far-left views, or calling members of my race a 'chink, gook, or slope,'" Vespa wrote, "but they have every right to make such remarks and I have every right to stand right there next to them and say they’re wrong."

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CNN's New Day host Chris Cuomo's Twitter war expanded into its second day, with Cuomo attempting to clarify, via a Facebook video, his earlier misstatement that hate speech is not excluded from the protection of the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech.
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