Jonathan Swift claimed that people see a reflection of everybody’s face but their own in satirical portrayal - that writing offends only those who recognize themselves. However, writing satire in a politically correct society makes the writer vulnerable to abuse. Some writers fail to expose themselves from fear of retribution for publishing heterodox opinions. Political silence then allows absolute control by those who have power.
xxxxThe First Amendment to the US Constitution protects reporters against prior restraint and prohibitions on genre or content. It should prevent other people from gagging them. The law determines that public officials and the judiciary, whose life and behavior result in public focus or interest, must remain accountable. They must not try to cover up their crimes by unlawfully silencing reporters.
xxxxSatire and political cartoons also classify as protected speech under the First Amendment even if the targets do not appreciate the humor. [Satire and Affect]