War against Free Speech

by Sal on April 19, 2007

in Culture,Media Bias,Politics

The Don Imus flap of last week has come and gone.  Don Imus is no longer on the air, removed by media executives who didn’t want to deal with the extortion tactics of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.  In an all-out assault, the media decided to take down Don Imus, and they succeeded. 

Let me first say that I do not like Imus.  I find his show somewhat dry and humorless, and his uninformed view of politics annoys me.  I found his comments to be ill-advised at best, and offensive at worst.  However, I don’t feel that his firing was good for this country.  The free market should dictate who is and who is not successful in the arena of radio. 

The drive-by media appears emboldened by the firinig of Imus (who is not a conservative) and is now targeting prominent conservative talk show hosts, most notably Rush Limbaugh, but also Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz, etc.  CNN ran a story (hat tip to NewsBusters) unfavorably comparing statements made by Rush Limbaugh regarding Michael J. Fox to those Don Imus made last week.  The insinuation was that for all that Imus said, Limbaugh says much worse.  Several Democrats are now calling for the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, which requires stations give equal time to opposing views rather than let the free market dictate.  Where this will go is uncertain, but what started out as the destruction of one man’s career for crass and offensive comments is quickly transforming into an all-out assault on the New Media and the destruction of Free Speech on the airwaves. 

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Ryan April 19, 2007 at 3:30 pm

There is nothing “fair” about the fairness doctrine. That whole concept is practically un-American! The notion that unpopular ideas should get the same government-regulated (read: taxpayer funded) play and air-time is anti-capitalistic, narrows free speech and is solely designed in this case to hurt Republicans and conservatives who have found market-based success peddling their views. Maybe Chairman Harry Reid and Commisar Nancy Pelosi can personally frog-march us all off to the happy new land of government mandated censorship. Will Rush, Sean and Mark need to learn Russian?


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