This is one of the great media clichés of our time. Whenever a news outlet reports on an event, if they favor what someone’s saying, or if they want to make it appear artificially dramatic, they refer to it as “speaking out.”
Only good people “speak out.” People speak out about curing cancer, improving education, helping the poor, and promoting peace. Nobody speaks out about insignificant issues, or political causes the media doesn’t like. People certainly do talk about these things publicly, but they can’t be given the media’s honored sanction of “speaking out.”
Look for this in the news, especially local news, and you’ll see what I mean.