There appears to be a willingness to give up a little liberty in exchange for fewer hurt feelings.
Is this something new? Isn't this what we've been doing in the past 20 years with campus speech codes and broad sexual harrassment laws? Didn't a man lose his job for sharing a naughty Seinfeld punch-line long before 9/11?
I really find it interesting how folks are just now realizing that telling people what they're allowed to say is bad. We've been giving up liberty in exchange for fewer hurt feelings for some time now. Only now, since the left-media are those being restricted, they're beginning to notice.