Todd Starnes Blasts ‘Cancel Culture,’ Infringement on First Amendment

Todd Starnes, the best-selling author and host of the “Todd Starnes Radio Show,” said Wednesday that the country is experiencing a crackdown on First Amendment rights due to the ruthless efficiency of the left by controlling the media and universities.

Starnes pointed to HBO Max’s decision to pull “Gone With the Wind” from its library until disclaimers are in place, but he said that is just a small part of the trend. He pointed to Paramount’s decision to pull the plug on “Cops” and A&E’s decision to pull the series “Live PD.”

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“You wonder where all of this is going to stop, Harry, as the left decides what can and cannot be shown on our television screens and movie theaters and what can and cannot be read at our local book stores,” Starnes said, during a phone call with guest-host Harry Hurley.


Starnes said that the left has long been in control of Hollywood and much of the media. To be sure, if a celebrity comes out as a supporter of President Trump, he is ostracized and the roles stop coming in. Starnes said that is why talk radio is so important for conservatives.

“Even some of the conservative networks are going wobbly on this,” he said. He pointed to a column he wrote on TownHall.com and noted that he predicted the First Amendment assault in his new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.”

He wrote, in part, that under the current conditions, “Our statues are being toppled. Our streets are being renamed. Our books are being rewritten. And our films are being destroyed.”

Starnes said the left is even beginning to cannibalize its own. He pointed to Andrew Sullivan, the write at New York magazine, who is now reportedly required to submit his column to junior-level editors for approval.


“This is the fundamental transformation of this nation that Barack Obama promised. It wasn’t about changing the minds of the old people, it was really about infecting the minds of young Americans with this leftist, with this socialist, with this anti-colonialist mentality. And that’s what happened,” Starnes said.


Starnes said one does not need to look too far back in history to see the significance of destroying a culture during an uprising. He looked to Iraq and how ISIS would raid museums and libraries, claiming that these institutions were blasphemous.

“Here we are, in American history, that anything that you don’t like can be irradiated. And the problem with that is that when you erase your history, you are prone to repeat that history,” he said.

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