Friday, October 05, 2007

Clear Channel Rejects VoteVets Ad to protect Dittoheads

By Libby

Well isn't this just precious. Apparently, free speech is just for bloated windbags.

Rush Limbaugh’s hometown radio station that broadcasts his show — WJNO AM in Palm Beach, Florida — has refused to air a VoteVets ad by Brian McGough, the Iraq war veteran who was compared by Limbaugh to a suicide bomber.

John Hunt, the vice president/market manager for Clear Channel in Palm Beach, wrote a letter yesterday explaining his station’s decision not air McGough’s ad. Hunt’s rationale was not that the ad was inaccurate or that it posed legal issues, but rather, the ad presented information that “would conflict with the listeners who have chosen to listen to Rush Limbaugh.”

What? The Dittoheads' pointy little noggins would explode if they were confronted with a rebuttal to their hero's foul-mouthed, false smears? This is why we need to restore the Fairness Doctrine. It's got nothing to do with "protecting" liberals or "suppressing" hate speech. It's to prevent the ill-informed masses, who can't tell the difference between real life and "reality" shows, from being duped into believing that every word spewed from some vile blowhard is true gospel.

You won't ever have an informed electorate unless you allow them to hear both sides of a debate in order to inform their opinions. It's as simple as that.

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