- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Arkansas newspapers:

Texarkana Gazette, April 15, 2014

Uproar over comments shows former Arkansas governor right on the money

For a man who gets paid to speak on the radio, former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee sure managed to stir up a firestorm at speech he gave Saturday at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit.

You have probably seen the stories. Since then the Internet and some traditional media outlets have been all aflutter, reporting the former presidential candidate said he thinks there is “more freedom” in North Korea than in this country.

There is even an online Facebook campaign collecting donations to send Huckabee to the isolated dictatorship so he can find out the truth for himself.

Yes, it’s quite a story. But Huckabee’s words have been taken out of context and blown out of proportion.

Huckabee, a native of Hope, Ark., and a pastor in Texarkana for many years, is no dummy. He was speaking to a politically conservative crowd and he was playing to his audience.

But there were others in attendance just waiting to pounce at any opportunity.

And they did.

Here’s the quote from MSNBC, for example:

“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States,” he said. “When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID and a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane_but if I want to go vote I don’t need a thing.”

Sounds like Huckabee is being a bit too whiny about airport security, doesn’t it?

But the network_and many other news sources - left out some of the stuff that preceded the “North Korea” quote.

You see, in his speech Huckabee was also talking about the left’s attack on free speech.

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