Media Mashup: December 8, 2015

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Turkey: Freedom of Speech?

Some people may complain about the problems of the United States, but a man in Turkey faces serious prison time because he compared his country’s leader to Gollum of The Lord of the Rings.

First, however, a Turkish court must determine if Gollum is good or evil because the judge hasn’t read the books. Second, several experts will provide an analysis of good versus evil.

Maybe Turkey could simply determine that the self-proclaimed Islamic State is evil and close the leaky border to Syria?

I certainly am happy that our country has a broader view of freedom of speech.

Public Thinks Country Is At War With ‘Islamic State’

A new Rasmussen poll finds that the voters disagree with President Obama over many issues concerning terrorism. The president says the Syrian refugees he hopes to move here are no more dangerous than tourists. The governors of more than two dozen states, citing the links between those refugees and the recent massacres in Paris, aren’t convinced and have asked the president not to settle them in their states. Sixty percent (60%) of voters oppose the settling of Syrian refugees in the state where they live.

The poll was taken BEFORE the San Bernadino attacks. 

Voter confidence in the Obama administration’s fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is down despite the president’s decision to send a small number of troops to Syria.

Americans also aren’t happy with the president’s response to the recent massacres in Paris by radical Islamic terrorists. Obama, Hillary Clinton and other senior Democrats refuse to say America is at war with “radical Islamic terrorism” for fear of insulting all Muslims, but voters beg to disagree. Sixty percent (60%) believe the United States is at war with radical Islamic terrorism. Forty-nine percent (49%) think the United States should formally declare war.

Star Wars: Leading From The Front

Many years ago, in a country far, far away, then-President Reagan created the Strategic Defense Initiative, which became known as “Star Wars.” Although the missile-defense system never made it beyond the drawing board, SDI sent shivers up and down the spines of Soviet leaders.

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Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to




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