Judge said President cannot block people who leave harassing political messages because Twitter is a public forum…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Since Stephen Colbert became the host of the CBS “Late Show,” the late night comedic format shifted away from general news and celebrity-driven events, to one being centered around anti-Trump jokes, segments and interviews.
Wednesday evening was no different as Colbert hosted horror fiction author Stephen King, whose left-wing political views are well-documented.
The subject of the friendly exchange was a new court ruling barring President Trump from blocking people on Twitter.
King himself was blocked by the president for sending harassing tweets.
“The last time I was here I had a president who had just given me a National Medal of the Arts thing,” King said, referencing President Obama. “Now we have a president who blocked me on Twitter.”
“Except, the court said he can’t. But do I really want to follow that guy?” King continued amid audience laughter.
King, a horror story icon, said he was blocked about eight to nine months ago.
“What did you do to that good man that hurt his feelings so much that he thought the only way to defend himself from your harsh and hurtful words was to block you on Twitter?” Colbert asked sarcastically.
“I said he had his head somewhere where he’d need a certain yoga position to put it there. And that was it, man!” King responded.
When asked whether he blocks people on Twitter, King said “yes.”
The Twitter ruling was issued by a Bill Clinton-appointed judge earlier in the day.
The judge said Trump cannot block people who leave harassing political messages because Twitter is a public forum, and that blocking people constitutes viewpoint discrimination, which is a violation of the First Amendment.
The president’s critics and political opponents are celebrating the decision, but the ruling also raises an interesting point.
If the basis for the decision is that Twitter is public forum, then Twitter practice of censoring, suspending and “shadow-banning” certain users based on their political speech may also be unconstitutional.