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I read "This Day in History" every day on the History Channel website. This morning, the site mentioned a Supreme Court decision that was handed down on this day in 1988. The victor in this case was an unlikely individual named Larry Flynt, who had published an article poking fun at Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell. Although a lower court had awarded Falwell $200,000 in damages for his emotional distress at being parodied in Hustler, their decision was overruled by the Supreme Court.
The reason that the decision is important today is that the current occupant of the White House is an individual who deserves to be criticized as often as we can. Since he thinks that respected organizations like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN are "the enemy of the people" it isn't much of a stretch to think that he would LOVE to jail people like Steve Benson, Don Caron (Parody Project) or Garry Trudeau if he could. After all, it has happened in other countries.
Since the attack at Charlie Hebdo magazine’s office in Paris in January 2015 cartoonists have in many ways become emblematic of the struggle to defend the inalienable right to freedom of expression. Turkey, in particular, has a LOT of cartoonists behind bars:
It's also happened in India:
If you think that Saudi Arabia would be tolerant of criticism by editorial cartoonists, the story of a British journalist who was imprisoned there for 32 months will clear things up for you:
It's safe to say that Larry Flynt could be described as a scumbag, but all of us DO owe him a debt of gratitude.
The link below will give you a little more background information about Mr. Flynt: