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First Coast News was showing its liberal slant this week in a story about what it termed “censorship.”

The first tipoff was an attempt to paint conservative Americans – the majority of the population – as rabid, book-burning Nazis.

The lead of the story by Casey Feindt warned of a “growing movement” for censorship of materials in the public schools.

The “bans” were attributed to a “new political tactic from right-wing conservatives” bent on censorship. (What is a “right wing” conservative? Is there a “left-wing” conservative?)

When liberals write anything related to politics, they always use “right-wing” to notify other liberals that evil is afoot.

They never, ever, use the term “left wing” because they don’t think there is such a thing. Red China and North Korea are merely “progressive leaning” to them.

The story then mentioned a bill in the Florida Legislature that would change the review process for books in public schools to make it more open. Clearly a cause for alarm.

In the Liberal World no book, no matter how filthy or pornographic, is unfit for 8-year-old children. That is one reason parents are fleeing the public schools.

Then the story moves to the local level, to discuss what books have been pulled from circulation in Duval County.

Not many, it turns out. In 44 years, only 10 books have been found unsuitable for local children, and First Coast News obviously disagrees with those decisions.

For some reason, the TV station did not read excerpts from the trashy books on the air.

But it seemed especially aggrieved that one of the books found unsuitable for children was written by the British author Roald Dahl.

It is true that Dahl was a popular and prolific writer of children’s books. But those books also were known for their “unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood” and often were “juxtaposed with grotesque, darkly comic and sometimes harshly violent scenarios.” Even liberal critics have accused Dahl of antisemitism, misogyny and racial stereotypes.

Here is the school system’s book review process. It seems pretty thorough.

Calling book selection “censorship” is silly. No library or school system uses every book published, so some selection process is involved and to libs anything left out is “banned” – especially if evil, right-wing conservatives trying to protect children are involved.

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Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.

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