5. Al Sharpton Bravely Stands Up To Talk Radio
It’s so nice to see that there are guardians of free speech looking out for all of us. Like Al Sharpton. Oh, wait. He only wants to protect free speech that emanates from the Left.
In November, Reverend Sharpton appeared on Ed Schultz’s show on MSNBC to call for a “decency law” (his words) to regulate speech, particularly Rush Limbaugh’s speech. On his own show a few days later, Sharpton further expanded his ideas get the FCC involved in revoking the licenses of stations that do not program Left-approved content:
And part of what I think the FCC needs to do is give the guidelines of what is excusable and what is not. What is permit-able or permitted I should say and what is not because clearly you’re not trying to block free speech.
But, I think that for people to engage in programming shows that will use racial or gender bias as their format, we’ve got a right to say there are standards that the FCC can say that you cannot continue to have licenses to do that. You got to remember that those stations that Rush Limbaugh is on and others are regulated by FCC, granted by FCC. They go back to them to get waivers. They go back to them to get consolidation.
They have the right to set standards that does not impair your right to speak what you believe, but it does say that you are not going to be able to do that to offend groups of Americans based on their race their gender, their sexual status, none of that.
He even arranged a meeting with the FCC to discuss his grievances. So, Sharpton considers Rush offensive. With no proof. This from the man who has made statements offending Jews and Mormons, not to mention countless instances of pro-black racism.
Sharpton is clearly and unsurprisingly engaging in a prime example of “free speech for me but not for thee.” It’s typical of the Left, and we definitely should expect to see more campaigns like this as the “alternative” media like talk radio and the blogosphere continue to shed light on the true nature of the Left.