What a difference a couple of years make, eh? Here's President Obama talking at today's press conference about Sony's decision to yank The Interview after being hacked and threatened:
"We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States," Obama said. "Imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don't want to offend the sensibilities of someone who's sensibilities probably need to be offended."
Good for Obama! Sticking up for free expression and all that, right? What is it that lovely lady on Fox's Outnumbered said? "America is AWESOME!"
But before we lose perspective, recall the president's reaction in 2012 to the YouTube video "The Innocence of Muslims," which mocked Mohammed as a pedophile and more.
The Obama administration pressured Google to remove the offending short, which for a while it claimed triggered the riot in Benghazi, Libya:
Obama administration officials said Thursday that they have asked YouTube to review the video [that reportedly set off the embassy attacks] and determine whether it violates the site's terms of service, according to people close to the situation but not authorized to comment.
At a September 25, 2012 address to the United Nations, Obama himself declared that we "must" condemn "those who slander the prophet of Islam":
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. Yet to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see when the image of Jesus Christ is desecrated, churches are destroyed, or the Holocaust is denied. Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims, and Shiite pilgrims.
Screw you, bub. Because I just heard this (can't remember where, but I'll think of it any second now):
"We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States."