Suspended for supporting socialism

ABC’s David Wright has been suspended for private remarks espousing left-wing views.



Veteran Washington correspondent David Wright has been suspended by ABC over comments he made in private in which he described himself as a ‘socialist’.

Hidden-camera footage of Wright was captured by Project Veritas – a right-wing activist group which aims to expose ‘liberal bias and corruption’. Wright had no idea his remarks were being filmed.

In the footage, Wright says, ‘I would consider myself a socialist. I think there should be national health insurance… I’m totally fine with reining in corporations, I think there are too many billionaires, and I think there’s a wealth gap – that’s a problem.’

Wright also called Donald Trump a ‘dick’, but also added that ABC ‘doesn’t give [Trump] credit for the things he does do’. He was also critical of his network and the broadcast media more broadly.

Let’s be clear about what has happened here. A journalist has been suspended for espousing totally uncontroversial views in what he believed to be a private conversation.

Project Veritas has celebrated Wright’s suspension and has been praised by other conservative groups, including self-proclaimed ‘free speech’ advocates.

For instance, PragerU, a conservative non-profit, has praised the Project Veritas exposé which resulted in Wright’s suspension. Meanwhile, its pinned tweet says ‘we are not done fighting for free speech’.

Project Veritas is not the only group on the American right emulating the kinds of tactics practised by the censorious left.

Take Turning Point USA – a right-wing campus group, which also claims to defend free speech. One of its projects is called ‘Professor Watchlist’. The Professor Watchlist website lists the names of over 200 professors who ‘promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom’.

Charlie Kirk, director of Turning Point USA, told spiked last year that he was happy ‘to see people pull their kids from universities’ off the back of his list. ‘I think universities need to be divested’, he said. In other words, he was comfortable using financial pressure against views he disagreed with.

The drawing up of lists of left-wing professors and filming private conversations to ‘expose’ left-wing news anchors to have them shamed or suspended speaks to a new McCarthyism on the right. They need to be reminded that free speech is for everyone or it is for no one at all.

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michael savell

3rd March 2020 at 6:28 pm

I suspect that too much history is or could be exposed and the powers that be have too much to hide,hence the clampdown on most subjects being discussed.It will be book burning next,libraries will be getting rid of even more male authored books than they have already and conversation will be limited to the weather but only where there’s no flooding.The trend is set-even science is verboten

Jerry Colonna

28th February 2020 at 11:51 am

MSM presenter gets caught telling someone that ABC is biased… He gets suspended by… ABC.

Charlie Chuckles

28th February 2020 at 10:54 am

This has got nothing to do with free speech. (Like most of these attacks/sackings these days.) It’s just another shot in the culture wars. Anybody who thinks it’s got anything to do with the principle of freedom of speech is, to put it bluntly, hopelessly behind the times. Or just obtuse.

steve moxon

27th February 2020 at 11:59 pm

Come again?
News media is founded on being non-partisan, and key anchors on TV are the prominent faces of the whole media org, so it’s vital they are and are seen to be non-partisan.
In the USA declaring yourself a socialist is a big deal and not remotely centrist.
No surprise then that ABC decided it had to protect its reputation as a news service and fired him.

steve moxon

28th February 2020 at 12:07 am

Spiked has falsely conflated this with sackings of people whose private politics have no bearing on their jobs, and, therefore, it is obviousiy wrong if they are dismissed.

steve moxon

28th February 2020 at 12:09 am

The editorial writer has falsely conflated the situation here with sackings of people whose private politics have no bearing on their jobs, and, therefore, it is obviousiy wrong if they are dismissed.
It’s s pretty clear distinction.

John Little

27th February 2020 at 11:44 pm

It seems that so many people in our age have forgotten the old adage that two wrongs don’t make a right. The truth of this is forgotten or ignored with regard to issues ranging from race to free speech. It’s clearly been ignored here

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