CNN's Fareed Zakaria addressed what he sees as a rising wave of liberal interolerance on U.S. college campuses in a recent segment of his show "GPS." Zakaria listed college protests against U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other conservative figures noting it was “strange” to see oppression of speech in what are supposed to be liberal incubators of thought.
“Freedom of speech and thought is not just for warm fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable, it’s for ideas that we find offensive,” Zakaria said.
Addressesing the rise of intolerance, alternative facts and anti-intellectualism on the right, Zakaria took the left to task as well. "There is also an anti-intellectualism on the left. An attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we are so morally superior; we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree,” he continued.
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“Liberals think they are tolerant but often they aren’t,” Zakaria said.
"It's an attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we're so morally superior, we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree. Liberals think they are tolerant but often they aren't," he added.
No one "has a monopoly on right or virtue."
Zakaria's segment echoed a commencement address he gave at Bucknell University on May 21, 2017. Watch the full address here:
Zakaria's sentiments are nothing new to the U.S. political debate, Aaron Sorkin immortalized the contemporary meaning of freedom of speech and political tolerance in the famous final scene of his 1995 movie, "The American President."