February 26, 2004
What is it about president Bush that drives some people so competely over the edge? I’m a reader of the Buzzmachine blog for awhile now. Jeff Jarvis was never a Bush fan but it seems that the amendment has forced him to cross into the darkside of irrationality that so many Bush haters make frequent forays into. It seems that Clear Channel has pulled Howard Stern off the air. And, with the zeal of any Kucinich supporter or Indymedia poster, Jarvis proclaims it is all….Bush’s fault. But of course. A private company suspends an employee and it’s the fault of the government.
Jarvis writes: ‘Let’s hear a little liberartarian outrage at government meddling in our lives and our speech. Let’s hear a little conservative outrage at government growing beyond its bounds. Let’s hear a little liberal outrage at goverment stiffling free spech.’
His commenters respond:
‘Private companies making their own decisions on what they will tolerate from their employees–the horror!’
‘Seriously, what does Bush have to do with this? I am looking for the two s**ts Bush gives about Howard Stern — so far, I am not finding them. Also, radio has been government-controlled since Dubya was but a naughty gleam in H.W. and Barbara’s eyes; you can’t very well blame him for not disbanding the FCC, or whatever it is you want him to do in order to make sure you can get your Howard fix if you happen to be in Miami. (All the major Miami radio stations are actually in Ft. Lauderdale, long story, no doubt gummint meddling is at the bottom of it).
But don’t worry — Clear Channel being a commercial enterprise not a crypto-fascist org in the pay of the Shadow Government will no doubt take into account the shrieks of the legions of Stern fans, and he’ll probably get his show back everywhere in jig time.’
‘Gosh, I didn’t know I had the right to have a syndicated show on Clear Channel. I thought that was … a job. One from which you can be fired.
I didn’t know Clear Channel was the only forum via which Howard Stern is capable of speaking. Because that would have to be true for this to qualify as censorship, or a squashing of free speech.’
‘Stern asked Salomon if he engaged in anal sex and referred to the size of his penis. Using a racist term, a caller to the show asked Solomon if he had ever had sex with any famous black women.
The “racist” term by the way was the “nigger”….
you are happy about this kind of “speech” on public airwaves? Please explain why this is acceptable, I cannot wait. Plus, it was a private company that pulled Stern NOT the Government. ‘
‘Oh yes, I forgot the fifth branch of government, ClearChannel. How stupid of me.’
‘Gee Jeff. Your post is flat out hysterical. No, I don’t mean a laughing matter. What I mean, is get a freaking grip.’
‘Jeff have censored your posters before due to bad language because you explain, your son might read it. Yet Clear Channels can’t fire who they want?
JEFF! I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU! I CAN BE FIRED FOR BEING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT AT WORK! ARE YOU SHOCKED?’
And on and on went the outrage.