Sunday, October 28, 2007

Shame on the air

by Capt. Fogg

George Carlin's 7 prohibited words and Janet Jacksons breasts may elicit huge fines from the FCC, but hate, racism and bigotry thrive and proliferate on the radio and neither the handful of corporations that decide what we will know about nor the FCC seem to have any interest in doing a damned thing about it. Christian Family Values seem to have more to do with human bodies and human waste than with actual evil, such as hatred or bigotry or calls to violence based upon them.

I don't think you'll be hearing about any massive fines for the following, nor any action by the small group of corporations who pay Bob Newman or Pat Robertson or Neal Boortz or James Edwards. Tune in to this:

"I want every Muslim immigrant to America. . . to be required by law to wear a GPS tracking bracelet at all times" -- Bob Newman, from the Gunny Bob Show, May 8th 2007 on Denver's Newsradio 850 KOA.

"Give 'em all a little nuclear waste and let 'em take it on down to Mexico. . . Tell 'em it's a tortilla warmer." -- Neal Boortz, on the Neal Boortz show, June 21st, 2007, Cox Radio Syndication.

" Islam is not a religion. It's a worldwide political movement meant [sic] on domination of the world." -- Pat Robertson, June 12th on Christian Broadcasting Network's "The 700 Club"

Back on May17th, James Edwards, host of "The Political Cesspool" told us the Jim Crow, pre-civil rights era was
"Back when America had a strong moral compass. You had cultural and racial integrity in those days. . . What's been taken from us, we can take back."
Edwards is an open admirer of former Klan leader and neo-Nazi David Duke who often appears on the show. It's sponsors include the CCC, or Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group and The Institute for Historical Review which produces fake history concerning the WW II extermination of Jews and Gypsies. His show appears on WRLM in Memphis which bills itself as a "Christian news" station.

Cox owns 80 AM and FM stations and tells prospective employees that high ethical standards are required. Evidently, the paleoconservative political action group known as the FCC agrees.

Cross posted from Human Voices

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

ob brother. yeah censor the "bigots" that'll make them go away. If people listen to them they do so of their own volition. It's the free market as opposed to swaering and being naked, which is not covered in free speech.

I am a huge howard stern fan and think it's ridiculous that he had to go to satellite to do the same show he was doing only a few years back.

Also, david duke does have some pretty interesting stuff about neoconservatives! i hate those assholes!

9:53:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Where did I recommend censorship? In fact the current policy of moving toward monopoly assures that only a few large corporations can control what we hear. Corporate censorship is already a significant factor.

Besides, if there were fewer crackpots on the air, I'd have less to write about.

9:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'd have less to write about"

explored that theme in this thread, not you specifically but your ILK

10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I have no ilk. If you'd like to criticize what I say, do it, but don't tie me to anyone else's ideas.

9:07:00 AM  

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