The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) seems to have lit up Twitter by sharing a video clip of first lady Jill Biden opining on library book access.
FIRE, a respected, nonpartisan organization that has often defended conservatives on radical-left college campuses, has a stated mission of defending and sustaining “the individual rights of all Americans to free speech and free thought.”
In the footage from the NBC “Today” show that FIRE sent to its nearly 72,0000 Twitter followers, in which NBC labels Mrs. Biden as “Dr. Biden,” even though she has no expertise or training in the healing arts, the latter responded to a question about the extent to which parents should participate in school curriculum.
The president’s wife is a former English teacher who received a Ph.D. (i.e., a doctor of philosophy) in educational leadership from the University of Delaware in 2007.
‘Jill is America’s doctor’: Tucker tries to get to the bottom on why fully-vaxed Biden’s can’t seem to kick Covid https://t.co/rHjatl64NI pic.twitter.com/rPUPjCN8Xi
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 26, 2022
Parenthetically, in December 2020, Fox News host Tucker Carlson claimed that Biden’s dissertation (the longform term paper required to complete the academic degree,) was loaded with typos, which suggested that she might be “borderline illiterate.”
During a part of a softball interview with “Today” correspondent Sheinelle Jones, Jill Biden, in part, sounded like a public relations rep for teachers’ unions, when she said that “Well, I think with the pandemic, parents saw how hard teachers work, and how difficult this job really is.”
As an aside, parents also found out how much far-left indoctrination was taking place, which prompted many of them, as was well chronicled, to show up at school board meetings and demand a return to reading, writing, legitimate history, and mathematics.
“And I think if they work together in their school districts, and decide what they want with their curriculum,” Jill Biden added in the interview that looks like it was filmed in a school library.
“All books should be in the library. All books. This is America. We don't ban books." – @DrBiden 🔥 pic.twitter.com/RuMxSh7iLE
— FIRE (@TheFIREorg) September 14, 2022
In a follow-up question about which books should be placed on school library shelves, Biden asserted that “all books should be in the library. All books. This is America. We don’t ban books.”
Unfortunately, in districts around the country, what many parents consider pornographic materials have found their way into K-12 libraries.
Obviously, censorship runs counter to the American tradition, a premise that most of Jill Biden’s Democrats have generally abandoned.
There are additional considerations, however, when children are involved, which the left often has a difficult time acknowledging.
Florida school board cuts dad’s mic as he begins reading ‘pornography’ allegedly found in library https://t.co/wjeyyiYhZ1
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) July 12, 2022
FIRE did not provide any further elucidation on social media to accompany the video, and maybe that will be forthcoming in a form of clarification.
Many Twitter users implied, however, that FIRE was conflating school libraries — which require reasonable literary guardrails for age appropriateness — with libraries generally (or perhaps even book stores).
Here is a sample of the extensive response to Jill Biden’s remarks as shared by FIRE:
I’m typically all for your position on things, but there is clearly some limit on which books might find a home in which libraries.
— Scott G (@scttfrnks) September 14, 2022
“Doctor” Biden should know there’s a difference between a school library and a public library. Books in school libraries should be age appropriate. That shouldn’t be controversial.
— 🇺🇸 #IAmTheNRA Rosenblum (@StevenRosenblum) September 14, 2022
It's not a mistake. It's on purpose. They argue that porn is available to adults so kids should see it in K-12 school libraries, too. Next up, smoke breaks for kids instead of recess. Pub crawls instead of science museum trips. The drinking age should be 3! #Sick
— Fuzzy Slippers (@fuzislippers) September 15, 2022
Not having something in one’s collection is not the same thing as “banning” it.
Not all books belong in all libraries.
— Just tell the truth, dammit. (@TruthOmbudsman) September 14, 2022
Now ask her if “all tweets belong on Twitter.”
The lines are arbitrary.
— CounterSpace (@Counter__Space) September 14, 2022
you know the difference between a public library and a school library? “all books” should not be in a school library.
— Aaron Arnwine (@aaronarnwine) September 14, 2022
So Joy of Sex should be in the kindergarten section? Because that’s what this is about, age appropriate books.
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) September 15, 2022
we don’t ban books. we just quietly deplatform the authors and encourage libraries to hide the books in the attic.
— ryanstardog (@ryanstardog) September 14, 2022
This is clearly a ridiculous conflation of “libraries” with “school libraries” those two things should clearly be treated differently, for the same reason teachers don’t have the same rights as parents over these kids https://t.co/vBUp61vxWL
— Jeffery (@jeffery4free) September 14, 2022
The folks at FIRE aren't thinking this one through, are they. https://t.co/nhlJyHx2Ic
— Category Theory Hangout (@cg_geometry) September 14, 2022
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