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MSNBC legal analyst says First Amendment makes US ‘vulnerable,’ calls for ‘common sense’ speech restrictions

MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuaid argued Monday that America’s “deep commitment to free speech” makes Americans uniquely susceptible to disinformation campaigns.

McQuaid, a University of Michigan law professor, appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” to promote his new book, “Attack from within: How disinformation is sabotaging America.” She said the book’s “goal” is to spark “a national conversation about truth and our commitment to it.”

She added: “My hope is that by analyzing this, explaining this, and educating the public, we can all understand what disinformation is and begin to counter it.” Ta.

Asked by host Rachel Maddow if the United States is as susceptible to disinformation as other countries, McQuade argued that it is even more vulnerable.

“As a matter of fact, Rachel, I think we’re more susceptible to this disease than other countries because some of our greatest strengths can become our Achilles heel,” McQuaid said. he said. “For example, our deep commitment to free speech in the First Amendment. It’s an important right. It’s an important right in a democracy and no one wants to take it away, but it also become vulnerable to claims [that] Everything we want to do in relation to speech is censorship. ”


MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuaid told host Rachel Maddow that Americans have become especially sensitive to disinformation campaigns because they defend free speech. MSNBC

She wrote, “Of course, the Supreme Court has held that restrictions on all fundamental rights, including the right to free speech, so long as the government has a compelling interest and the restrictions are narrowly tailored to achieve that interest.” We held that we can. But I think people will argue for censorship every time someone tries to do something that might restrict free speech.”

McQuaid cited this week’s Supreme Court case regarding state laws on how social media platforms moderate content as an example.


MSNBC host Rachel Maddow praised the book's arguments and touted McQuaid's work as: "True public service and joy."
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow praised the book’s arguments and touted McQuaid’s work as “a true public service and a joy.” MSNBC

“We need to talk about these issues and come up with common sense solutions,” she said. “Instead, we throw words like ‘censorship’ around, badmouth each other, label each other, and retreat to the other side. We need to be realistic and come up with real solutions. .”

“But I think that’s one of the things that makes America especially vulnerable to disinformation,” she concluded.

Maddow praised the book’s arguments and touted McQuaid’s work as “a true public service and a joy.”

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