George Will on Sony: "This Was Self-Censorship," And I Wish Obama Would Have Addressed That


GEORGE WILL, FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Well, the president is right. You cannot have a free society if a dictator can impose censorship on us. That's true but not exactly pertinent, because North Korea did not and does not have the power, unless the country is full of sleeper cells of North Koreans ready to act against every Cineplex in the country.

This was self-censorship, and it happens in America all the time, and I wish the president would come to the party and talk about it. There are two great citadels of American liberalism unchallenged in America, Hollywood and college campuses.

College campuses constantly restrict speech in the name of a new entitlement, not to have your intellectual serenity disturbed, your emotional equilibrium upset, or your feelings hurt. It happens all the time.

So, when this occurred, Sony had no vocabulary, no philosophic basis for pushing back. That said, you have to sympathize with them because they're operating in an era and a place where we need new protocols. It's not formally negotiated some understanding. Was this or was this not an act of war?

The president understandably is reluctant to say this, understandably for a number of reasons, one of which is called Stuxnet. That is the United States probably was involved in using a computer virus to physically damage Iran's nuclear weapons program. Good but dangerous.

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