Fox anchor explains to Sarah Palin that Phil Robertson’s comments are not about ‘free speech’

One of the first conservative voices to run to the defense of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson was none other than Sarah Palin.

Writing on her Facebook page after Robertson’s controversial comments about gays and African Americans, Palin said that “free speech is an endangered species.” But in an appearance on Fox News this Monday, Greta Van Susteren seemed to try to talk some sense into the former Alaska governor.

Starting out the segment, Palin seemed to slightly retreat from her earlier rhetoric, saying she would leave it to the lawyers to decide whether it’s a “free speech rule of law or not,” and would herself focus on the larger question of “whether we’re allowed to express our personal opinions without threats of intimidation and mockery and criticism and loss of jobs and revenue.”

But Van Susteren, a former lawyer, couldn’t quite seem to let Palin’s poor understanding of how the concept of free speech is meted out slip by.

“I think people loosely use the term ‘free speech,’” Van Susteren replied.

She went on to note that “if the market wants to be such that people don’t want to watch someone, so be it.”

Palin agreed, yet she still seemed to convey a misunderstanding how free speech works in regards to Roberston’s comments, saying that attorneys can decide whether it’s a “legal free speech issue or not.”

Earth to Palin: it’s not.




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    Adrian Lehman-Sizemore

    December 24, 2013 at 5:48 am

    such hard hitting journalism!

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    December 24, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Why is any network, except of course Faux Noise, still following anything the quitter from Wasilla proclaims… She doesn’t know the Constitution, she doesn’t know law… and she’s simply a loose cannon…

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    Michelle Coleman

    December 24, 2013 at 7:00 am

    What’s the “private square”? She’s babbling again.

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    dick hurts

    December 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

    who care what that woman has to say another thing she lies how can i tell her mouth moves……………..

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    Mike in MD

    December 24, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Could you ever imagine what unholy hell would have been released upon the world if she ever got to be VP and for some reason had to pull a Dick Cheney and assume control? OMG!!!

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    December 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    The simple answer is this had nothing to do with free speech. Palin proves this by continually spouting idiotic statements. The only result is people think she is a moron. Concerning the Head Quack, people now know he is a bigot and racist and A&E disassociates from him to protect their brand.

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    December 24, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Sarah Palin. Former and current nobody.

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    December 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Americans have always had to watch what they say as not to be pointed at and called stupid. Nothing new here. Now let’s point at Palin and call her stupid.

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    elen tamzon

    December 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I would like to knock some sense on Sarah Palin myself. This woman is one of the most disgusting entity in the political arena. I actually would like to challenge her on the subject of Government, Bill of Rights, Amendments, or even US geography. She is an all-time pretentious-hypocrite who should not be allowed to spread the small contents of her empty, shallow brain. She needs to realize that her 15-minute shot at fame has ended, and should not be extended by spreading salacious, unintelligent opinion for public hearing.

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    December 24, 2013 at 4:58 pm


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    Larry Beshears

    December 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    It is so easy to understand, but people refuse to understand because a political or religious leader said the opposite. They are men, not the Word of God.
    Government according to the Constitution is to provide, protect, and serve the PEOPLE for the good of the PEOPLE!
    Corporations & financial institutions only provide, protect, and serve the RICH for the good of the RICH!
    The Bible warns us clearly without any doubt that the government is to be respected and honored without a rebellious nature in Romans 13:1-7 or we the PEOPLE will show contempt towards God.
    The Bible three times warns the RICH that their fate is eternal death in Mathew, Mark, and, Luke.
    What is so hard to understand here if you live your life as a Christian? God is for the PEOPLE and the Devil is for the GREEDY!
    Christians live to serve Jesus!
    The wealthy live to serve their greed!
    Christianity is for the PEOPLE!
    Capitalism is for the MONEY!
    Jesus is for the poor, the helpless, and the needy!
    The rich are for themselves, their corporations, and money!
    Republicans support the rich, the corporations, and capitalism!
    Democrats support ALL the PEOPLE!
    Some are going to Hell and some are going to Heaven. Where are you going?

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    December 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Hey Sarah, call up Martin Bashir then AND APOLOGIZE, YOU HYPOCRITICAL TWIT!

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    December 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Every time Palin opens her mouth i want to put my foot up John McCain’s rear end for thinking this idiot was qualified to take over the role of president of the United States. Simply unforgivable.

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    Jim S

    December 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Palin is too fricken stupid to understand anything!!

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    January 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Jerry, is English your second language?

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