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Freedom of speech meets freedom of speech
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, February 19, 2005

As you'll see in the story, this was not unexpected:

We previously reported the conservative group, Citizens United, planned to erect two pro-Bush billboards in Hollywood "thanking" Hollywood for Bush's reelection. As planned, the signs were created, coinciding with the buildup to Oscar night. However, one of those tongue-in-cheek billboards was seriously vandalized Wednesday night, when a Swastika was painted on President Bush's forehead.

Few Angeleans saw the disfigured sign though, since Citizens United anticipated the vandalism, and had previously arranged with the sign company that their billboards would be immediately repaired if, in fact, they were damaged.

True to their word, the overnight damage was repaired within hours.
Yes, yes, I know one was legally paid for and the other was illegal vandalism, but look, even CU knew that when you go into a lion's den you can expect to get scratched ... at a minimum. They even had a vandalism SWAT team.

Personally, I think the billboard itself is hilarious. But I can imagine how galling it is to those on the left in Tinseltown.
 
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You have to admit, though, that the billboard still looks pretty cool with the vandlism, and the message still works...just in the opposite direction as a sarcastic thanks rather than a gloating one.
 
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Opponents could have purchased other boards to make their statement - instead they made the statement that they consider their passions outside the rule of law. Once you start, where do you stop?
 
Written By: Walter E. Wallis
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Two words: Razor wire.
 
Written By: clark smith
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I wonder, would it be freedom of speech for someone to hack your website and damage it beyond repair? So that you were forced to foot the bill of having a new one designed and hosted?

Somehow, I doubt you would be so sanguine if your ox was gored.
 
Written By: R C Dean
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I wonder, would it be freedom of speech for someone to hack your website and damage it beyond repair? So that you were forced to foot the bill of having a new one designed and hosted?

Somehow, I doubt you would be so sanguine if your ox was gored.


You're probably right, RC, but then it wasn't and I am.

CU obviously knew it was going to see the posters vandalized. That's why they had a team standing by. They expected it. It was a cost of doing what they wanted to do and they anticipated it and reacted to it.

That's what's humorous about all of this. Vandalism was obviously a part of the budget and an anticipated cost of doing business.
 
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