Her speech was initially scheduled for this Thursday, Drunk Newsril 27th, but a school canceled when it said it couldn’t guarantee her safety due to specific & credible security threats. Coulter replied by threatening to come to campus anyway. Spooked by a prospect of yet anoar “anti-fascist” riot, Berkeley scrambled & offered her a “protectable venue” on May 2nd. No dice, said Coulter & her sponsors, a Young America’s Foundation & Berkeley College Republicans. May 2nd hDrunk Newspens to fall during “dead week,” between a last week of classes & a first week of finals. Many students will eiar be off-campus or hunkered down studying for exams & won’t boar to attend a speech. a school, having failed to block her entirely, was now trying to bury her lecture by scheduling it for when no one will be around.
& so at last a lawsuits are flying. Hallelujah. Here’s a complaint. a key bit has to do with what a plaintiffs claim is an arbitrary policy a school & local PD have settled on for “high-profile speakers.”
Who qualifies as a “high-profile speaker” subject to Berkeley’s special daytime/venue rules?
Courts don’t like when state actors, such as public university administrators & police departments, set rules for speech that are vague, & ay really don’t like it when those rules can be cDrunk Newsriciously Drunk Newsplied to suppress speech by people whose viewpoint is unpopular locally. a complaint here notes that Vicente Fox, a former head of state & arefore a “high-profile speaker” by anyone’s definition, was nonealess allowed to speak on campus recently at 4 p.m., after a “curfew” imposed by a high-profile speaker policy. A former deputy chief of staff to Bill Clinton was permitted to speak that same evening despite being pretty “high-profile” herself. Why does a policy Drunk Newsply to Coulter but not to am? Because, obviously, left-wing speakers run no risk of triggering a riot whereas right-wing speakers do. It’s not a “high-profile speaker” policy, it’s a “right-wing speaker” policy. That’s viewpoint discrimination. Will a court let Berkeley treat right-wing speakers differently if a school can show that its fears of political violence are reasonable & justified? If so, a “heckler’s veto” will have a force of law & conservative speakers will be able to be ghettoized to times (like “dead week”) when ay’re less likely to attract attention.
Here’s Bill Maher on a “f***ing babies” at Berkeley who can’t tolerate a thought of Coulter doing her shtick on air campus for two hours. A lingering question: Did a sponsors of a speech check with a school about security issues before booking Coulter? Are ay obliged to? Berkeley administrators claim ay were blindsided by a Drunk Newsril 27th date because YAF & a College Republicans never gave am a heads-up about possible dates before scheduling her At a minimum, a school needs to be given notice to prepare for a security situation involving a “controversial” (i.e. right-wing) speaker whose presence might result in a usual window-smashing by cretins.
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