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Sgt. Schultz Recruits Sharpton and Jackson Lee For His ‘Censor the Conservatives’ Army

Posted on November 18 2010 7:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

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The network of Keith Olbermann has finally decided what goes over the line.

It’s time for the government to regulate… Rush Limbaugh.

When MSNBC’s Ed “Sergeant” Schultz calls Republicans racist fearmongers for real, that’s legitimate commentary.  When Rush Limbaugh uses the standards of so-called liberals to turn the argument back on them, that’s blatant racism and the stations’ licenses should be revoked.

Usually media figures are wary of censorship.  But Ed has a more openly totalitarian bent.

And who did Sgt. Schultz recruit for his censorship army?  A guy who is only a public figure because he knowingly perpetrated a racist fraud that tried to send innocent cops and prosecutors to prison, and a woman who doesn’t know we haven’t landed on Mars.

ED SCHULTZ:  Yes Reverend, it seems that they have no boundaries and there‘s never any ramifications for anything they say when it comes to racist comments, inflammatory comments.

I mean, these licenses for these radio stations are given out to operate in the public‘s interest. I mean, that‘s what the license says.

Is this operating in the public‘s interest, to allow somebody to go on the air, time and time again, and make racist comments and no ramification for it, whatsoever?  I mean, this is 2010.  When are we going to get beyond this?

AL SHARPTON:  No, I think that you‘re right, Ed.  Not only should there be ramifications—people can say whatever they want, but not on the air, not on federally-regulated airwaves, and not when those licenses are very difficult to get and should be upholding a standard, that they mock the standard, they mock the licenses that this government gives, rather than a privilege to express yourself to the American public.

That’s bad enough.  But it got worse with Sheila Jackson Lee, who makes Al Sharpton look like a tower of statesmanship and intellect.

SCHULTZ:  Well, it‘s damaging to race relations in this country.

That‘s what I think.

How are we going to make any progress if there‘s somebody out on all of these radio stations across America who is allowed to basically get away with racist comments, never challenged on it, and it goes into the ears of impressionable people, low-information voters, who say, yes, that‘s the way the Democrats really are?  I mean, I don‘t want to say, should there be a law against this, but where‘s the decency?

LEE:  Ed, that‘s—

SCHULTZ:  There isn‘t any.

LEE:  — a very good question.  As you well know, the Fairness Doctrine exists no more.  It was interpreted that that was stifling the First Amendment.  It might be worthy of a debate again, because without the Fairness Doctrine, of course, there is a wide latitude of the use of language that is provoking, provocative and insulting. You‘re right—

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