CNN’s Chris Cuomo Starts Twitter Uproar over His Thoughts on Hate Speech


During a Twitter discussion on free speech vs. hate speech, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo tweeted the following:

That didn’t go over well, especially not after everybody remembered Cuomo has a law degree:

This last one got a response:

Chaplinsky v New Hampshire was a 1942 Supreme Court case that established the “fighting words” doctrine, articulated by Justice Frank Murphy thusly:

There are certain well-defined and narrowly limited classes of speech, the prevention and punishment of which have never been thought to raise any constitutional problem. These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous, and the insulting or “fighting” words those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace. It has been well observed that such utterances are no essential part of any exposition of ideas, and are of such slight social value as a step to truth that any benefit that may be derived from them is clearly outweighed by the social interest in order and morality.

(FWIW, the ACLU is not particularly on Cuomo’s side.)

Anyhoo, Twitter!

UPDATEROONY 11:43 a.m.: An hour later, Cuomo is done with all of you:

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