Thursday, July 22, 2010

FCC Being Pressured to Limit Free Speech

NewsRealBlog has a post about the move to censor talk radio.  Of course, the whole plan is ONLY to protect "the children" (although no actual children have ever been harmed by talk radio).

From the report:
On April 7, 2009, the 
Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released an extremism assessment, reporting that extremists “have adopted the immigration issue as a call to action, rallying point, and recruiting tool,” and that “anti-immigration or strident pro-enforcement fervor has been directed against specific groups” and “has the potential to incite individuals or small groups toward violence.”
OMG, the dreaded stident pro-enforcement fervor!  How dare these fascists stridently and fervently ENFORCE THE LAW!

But WAIT!  It gets better!  The SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) gets involved - well, sort of - and - in the words of that UNBIASED REPORT:
As SPLC alludes, the media is playing a role in spreading the type of messages that leads many to extremist organizations or worse – extreme acts.  Yet neither SPLC nor DHS have deeply examined the role of telecommunications in the incititement of violence.
The DREADED AND FACT-BASED ALLUSION!  Oh, wait -
neither SPLC nor DHS have deeply examined the role of telecommunications in the incititement of violence
 Well, if you haven't examined it, how do you know that there, in fact, is a role in incitement of violence?

Never mind - facts are those inconvenient things that FASCISTS keep talking about - but ONLY because they're haters!

Some of their "evidence":
On June 11, 2009, white supremacist James von Brunn shot and killed an African American security guard at the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC; hateful literature against Jews and African Americans were found in von Brunn’s vehicle.
Well, doesn't that PROVE it?  Well, no.
 it appears the shooter, James Von Brunn is in fact – despite the protestations of the Kos Kids – a registered democrat from Maryland.
Some Righty, huh?  What the "experts" keep forgetting is that Nazis were National Socialists.  Socialists, not free-market conservatives.

Kathy Shaidle has more, pointing out that von Brunn hated Bush and McCain, as well as neo-conservatives.  There's more at FrontPage Magazine.

OK, but that's ONE case.

No, it's not.
On June 12, 2009, former Minutemen leader Shawna Forde murdered 9-year-old Brisenia Flores and her father in Arivaca, AZ; Forde broke into their home dressed as a law enforcement officer, looking for money and drugs to finance her vigilante border watch group.
Well, there you are.  Or not - from CNN.
Forde was a one-time member of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, a citizens group whose self-described mission is to secure the U.S. border, before she started her own smaller border enforcement organization
She was probably, at one time, a member of her elementary school; I suppose that means the school is responsible, doesn't it.
The Minutemen kicked Forde out of their ranks in 2007.
But, but, but - didn't they agree with her?

No.
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, one of American largest grassroots immigration enforcement groups, issued national warnings about Shawna Forde and her key ally Jim Gilchrist of Minuteman Project months prior to her charges of double homicide in Arizona.
“We knew there was something very wrong with Shawna Forde and did all in our power to forewarn groups and leaders ,as well as press and law enforcement, regarding our concerns,” said William Gheen of ALIPAC. “Shawna Forde does not reflect the immigration enforcement movement or the millions of Americans concerned about illegal immigration and border security.”
Further information about Forde.

There is a lot more in the document, much of it bewailing the lack of minorities in traditional media, or lamenting the lack of ownership/participation in network TV by minorities.  I'm really not too clear how that affects hate speech, but you try reading it and making sense of it.

Frankly, I'm not generally in favor of suppressing speech, "hate" or not.  I have confidence in the American public, and their ability to tell truth from bull$#!t.  Our 1st Amendment freedoms are too precious to put them at risk.  And, prosecuting people for their opinions comes uncomfortably close to George Orwell's "thought crimes".

Let's worry about actual crimes.

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