John Mc

This is a collection of my thoughts. Some of the thoughts that I once had, I no longer do. Some thoughts I have now I have never had. Yet none shal be discounted. This blog is soley for the enjoyment of the author and the readers. On occasion the views expressed are overly exagerated in order to prove a point. Also there may be a dirty word or thought in some of the posts. Grow up and take this for what it's worth - a blog that barely anyone will ever see.

12/15/2005

My response

My response to "Anonymous" is as follows:

You post as "Anonymous." Why? Who are you? And the $ may have played a part in Stern's decision, but no one but Stern will ever know that. (And it must be split with his entire staff, not Stern.) I doubt that he would censor himself for any sum. 1) I bet he has enough $. 2) That would ruin all he's accomplished over the years.
We can't watch over our kids all the time, but it is the parents that permit their children to be subjected to programming that is designed for adults that are the ones in question here. For a child to walk past a radio that might have Stern's show on it won't do as much damage as the idiots that let a 10 year old watch an R-Rated film.
The beauty of Free speech is that it protects ALL Free speech. From a church service to a KKK meeting - protected. It doesn't just protect what the mainstream America deans as appropriate. BUT, that's what the FCC is doing! ANYTHING can be said on the radio, but should one old lady dislike it and write in to the FCC, then the station is fined. It is seen as inappropriate for the community by the governmental agency. So, thus, the government IS regulating Free Speech.
So, essentially, there are things out there that I don't agree with. There are CERTAINLY things that Stern says and does that I don't agree with. However, he does fight for the Freedom of speech. His motives behind it may be up for debate, but none-the-less, he is on the right side of the fight. We may not agree with all the information that we receive, but that is the other side of the freedom coin that we have come to know and love in our 200 + history as the greatest nation on the face of the planet.

2 Comments:

  • At 10:52 AM, Blogger Jughead said…

    I just read all of these posts and I'll just add a few tidbits.

    With the FCC, they're given authority to regulate broadcast material by the officials who WE vote into office. Free speech in this country will never allow everything that can be uttered out of our mouths. I know this is cliche, but, it will never be legal to yell "fire" in a room of a building that has no fire. It just won't. Fight for the right to do so all you want, but you'll lose.

    Secondly, parents cannot be with their kids 100% of the time. That is stated fact. But, if a man and a woman are to make the decision to parent children, they are knowingly (I hope) agreeing to the premise that their children are going to hear things that the parents don't agree with. This is an inevitability that, if we think about it, should never really be dragged into an argument as a valid point to censor anyone. You practically have to live in a hole shut off from the outside world to accomplish the intellectual bubble that so many misguided parents seem to put their kids in. Broadcast media isn't the only way children get their ideas.

    A friend of mine wisely told me that he is afraid of what his kids might eventually believe, be it, religiously, politically or what have you. But, he knows that there's very little he can do about it. All he can do is educate and trust that his message gets through. It's scary but that's just the way it goes. Has anyone ever met anybody that agrees with their parents 100% of the time? I doubt it.

    Lastly, the right to swear on the air isn't something that really needs to be fought for, especially if you're doing it for the sake that, darnit, the 1st amendment said we can. With the nature of broadcast and print media today, if the FCC lets you do it, it doesn't necessarily mean that the advertisers are going to like it. Why do you think that cable channels are limited with the words they can say? Advertisers. If you want to fight for the right to curse in the broadcast media, you will be fighting 2 entities much bigger than you. I can just do nothing but to say, "good luck with that."

     
  • At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey John, Howard doesnt have to be gone. Its Xmas!!! Ask for Sirius. I got it.

     

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