Restrict, fine and suspend media outlets that promote hate speech, racism, and violence.
The FCC should seek penalties for corporations and individual broadcasters that promote hate speech, racism, and violence over the public airwaves. There are too many instances of TV networks and radio stations that host broadcasters that not so subtlety encourage discrimination, hate, and sometimes violence against those that that they fear. A recent example is Bill O'Reilly's repeated comments that someone should 'kill' Dr. Tiller, the abortion provider and referring to him as "Dr. Tiller the Baby Killer".
Glenn Beck's "Progressive Hunter" campaign is another example of intentional propaganda with the purpose of generating fear and hate of anyone he and his listeners labels as 'progressive' by claiming that 'progessives' are linked to violence and intend to do harm to the country - this is obviously not of benefit to the people of this country, ignorant or otherwise.
Rush Limbaugh is another perpetrator of ignorance, hate, and violence. On January 19, he said that he would not be surprised if Democrats propose statehood for Haiti; following this up with the statement "It's gonna happen". This man does not deserve to take up space on the public airwaves with vile such as this. It's an abomination and insulting to anyone with a shred of decency, dignity, and pride in this country.
The FCC needs to revamp the agreements it has with the corporations that abuse the public airwaves in this manner. Many stations no longer contribute to the public good but cater and feed the fears of those that are susceptible to the ever more clever propaganda that is increasingly broadcast.
This has to STOP!!!
Comments on this site are apparently IGNORED by the FCC.
They have a few weeks to meet me now in United States Courts.
Reasonably Prudent Citizen commented
It appears to me that you're demanding 'tolerance' while being 'intolerant' of opinions that you don't agree with. Learning does not come from sheltering yourself and silencing those who disagree with you.
Common, now who praytell would that mean? Give me an actual example backed up by valid proof. We have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not the right to go through life without being offended. What is offensive to some is not offensive to others. Some might cry over what someone like Limbaugh says but couldn't care less whether the internet or the media bombards us with pornography. Common, get a backbone, that will solve the problem without mandating that everything in our society lives up to your own expectations.
So, 'reasonable one', basically every comment you disagree with is guilty
of hate speech. I didn't notice racism among these, but that not withstanding,
don't forget the the protecting of free speech wouldn't be necessary if some
of it wasn't repugnant to start with. Why don't you just enjoy the shock talkers,
debate them when you can, and use the free market system to make your
support or lack of it known. If these types didn't have a majority following,
they wouldn't be heard in the first place. It is easier to whine and tell the
nanny state to control free speech than to build your own media outlet.
Air America is doing just fine these days... thanks to its wild popularity ;-)
Brett Glass commented
Oh, you mean, like the Fairness Doctrine?
"We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax."
comment by Rush Limbaugh aired January 13, 2010
President Obama "suggested that [it] was OK" to "go into those pregnant women and pull the babies out of them and put a spike in the baby's head,"
false claim made by Glenn Beck aired November 25, 2009
"Holocaust museum shooter is not a "terrorist" because he didn't yell "Allah Akbar"
comment by Bill O'Reilly, November 12, 2009
and don't forget this classic:
"If "feminazis" had remembered to oppose "affirmative action for black guys ... they wouldn't face the situation they face today"
Rush Limbaugh hitting two birds with one inane, racially charged and misogynist statement, aired May 21, 2008
How will this end?