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Sgt. Schultz: Free Speech Egypt, but Not For America

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Posted on February 3 2011 9:00 am
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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Giff to me control of ze airvaves!

On the very day that Rush Limbaugh pointed out the Left doesn’t mind “incivility” on the streets in Cairo, and that the media loves Egyptian protesters almost as fervently as they hate the Tea Party; MSNBC’s Ed Schultz called for censoring Rush Limbaugh but guaranteeing internet access for Egyptians.

SCHULTZ:  … Rush Limbaugh wants to hide from it or ignore it, or even inflame it, the Reverend Al Sharpton will join us to suggest that something must be done about hate speech and its consequences.

It’s pretty hard to say that Rush does anything nearly as over the top as “Psycho Talk” Schultz, but living in a glass house doesn’t keep the good sergeant from throwing stones.

But he wants everyone– including I assume, the Muslim Brotherhood– in Egypt to get their say, even if it actually may be hate speech and actually promoting violence.

SCHULTZ: …a regime that is oppressing the people, won‘t even let them get on the Internet today?  I mean, how much more restrictive can you get?

And the comments from Schultz about the Tea Party protesters are too numerous to bother with.  But the upshot is, that Sgt. Schultz wants a First Amendment for Egypt, but while his guy is in charge, he’s not so wild about it in America.

That’s bad enough.  But the episode veered into comedy routine when Ed brought Al Sharpton on to talk about banning inflamatory speech from the airwaves.  I mean… really?

SHARPTON: Whether it‘s anti-African-American, anti-Asian-American, anti-Chinese, foreigner, it doesn‘t matter.  You cannot, in our judgment, be allowed to just have the federally regulated airwaves used to cast things on people base on who they are, and then have public officials under threat, and you‘re going to act as though you ignore it.

This is the height of irresponsibility and it‘s a danger to all of us in the country.

SCHULTZ:  What do you make of the chain reaction that took place here?  Senator Yee asked for an apology.  Limbaugh doubled down.  That‘s when the reaction came.

SHARPTON:  I think, again, the responsible thing to do, you, me, anyone on the airwaves, is if we inadvertently cause some harm, we should be responsible enough to say, even if that was not my intent, I apologize.  I don‘t want to see this exacerbated.

To ignore it is to feed into it.  And the results are speaking for themselves.  This cannot be ignored.  We cannot allow this to continue until we see something happens even more egregious.

Okay, this just speaks for itself.  Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton get together every month or so and call on the FCC to ban, censor or regulate Rush Limbaugh.  (Actually, I was expecting this to be on another topic, after hearing Limbaugh that afternoon refer to Barack Obama as our “boy President” and figuring Sharpton would be on to make what Limbaugh called Bill Clinton on a daily basis into a racial thing.)

But let’s pick out the really funny part of this:

SHARPTON:  I think, again, the responsible thing to do, you, me, anyone on the airwaves, is if we inadvertently cause some harm, we should be responsible enough to say, even if that was not my intent, I apologize.  I don‘t want to see this exacerbated.

This load of race bating garbage has yet to apologize to the cops and prosecutors he tried to have thrown in jail on false charges in the Tawana Brawley fraud– which he perpetrated, and without which we would have never have heard of him!

Sharpton has also refused to apologize the the Duke Lacrosse team players he went out and tried to taint the jury pool against before that house of cards came tumbling down, as well.

I would like to throw out this challenge to Bill O’Reilly or anyone who appears with Sharpton in the media.  Do not appear with or interview Sharpton without mentioning the Tawana Brawley scam and demanding he apologize to the falsely accused and their families.

Then do the same for the Duke Lacrosse team.

To appear with Sharpton without mention of those incidences– and the Crown Heights anti-semitic riot– is to rob the audience of valuable and necessary context.

It tells you all you need to know about Ed Schultz that he considers this opportunistic race hustler an equal and a legitimate source.

(One other side note, check out how outraged each man is by Limbaugh’s insult of “the Chinese President,” and the formal and deferential way in which they refer to him in contrast to the Egyptian President, who despite his major flaws is not in the same league with Hu.)

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