The Yale Women’s Conference

GREG GUTFELD: Focus on small talk, not woke talk. We don’t want a lecture class at Yale.

We wanted to take a moment to discuss the controversy over the invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at Yale.

I do, of course, regret that I have not spoken at a university that is less than completely welcoming of free speech. (I am aware that I have made statements about free speech that are less than welcoming, and I am sorry.)

I regret that I have made an issue of a woman who has made a statement that seemed to me to be not the right one to make—a statement that was not an opinion based on facts, but rather, a matter of opinion. To be clear, this is not a matter of opinion. She is not making a factual claim. She is a law professor and is, of course, free to disagree with me; but I do believe that, if someone is going to make a claim based on facts, they should be able to do that. That I disagree with her is not the issue. The issue is that she is making a false factual claim, which this blog post and others have pointed out.

And I have been very clear that I regret having made comments about this. I’ve said that this was not a matter of free speech, and that there is no such thing as a free speech zone at, or even by, Yale. I said that this was not an area where I would make a free speech argument, because it is impossible to have a discussion where one side has to agree with facts and the other side has to agree with the speaker. I’ve said that this is not a matter of protecting the sensibilities of students who might otherwise disagree with the speaker, as far as I can tell, it’s a matter of protecting the sensibilities of the person who is making the claim. And I’ve said that, once someone has made a factual claim that I don’t agree with, I am free to point out the error of the speaker. And now, now that I’ve been here, I’m thinking that I may

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