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  •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)
    It's like yelling "fire" in a crowded theater when O'Keefe knows damn well there is no fire.

    The reason that falsely yelling "fire" in a crowded theater isn't protected speech isn't simply that the yeller is lying; lies are perfectly legal and protected speech, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Falsely yelling "fire" is illegal because it will create a panic in which people are likely to get injured.

    O'Keefe's speech, odious as it is (and perhaps libelous as it is, not sure what the law is on that but he could be subject to a civil suit), is nevertheless perfectly legal.

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