There was some irony in today's The Ed Show (broadcast in Rachel Maddow's prime time slot). Al Sharpton said that he'd met with the FCC about getting Rush Limbaugh banned from the radio. "This is not a first amendment issue," Sharpton said. "He can talk at home all he wants."
This is America? Where Al Sharpton and Ed Schultz ban Rush Limbaugh from the radio?
The left believes in diversity--except for conservatives. No conservative should be allowed to exist. Rush Limbaugh must not be allowed to have a radio show. Glenn Beck must not be allowed to have a radio show and a television show. It's not enough to simply TURN THE CHANNEL on speech that you don't want to listen to. The speech must not exist at all, anywhere.
Sharpton said several times (and Schultz agreed) that Rush Limbaugh is racist. If they want to see racists, perhaps they should look in the mirror. Sharpton's history is well known to all here. Schultz allows the insulting word "teabagger" on his MSNBC show.
Limbaugh was seen talking about the Pigford v. Glickman "black farmers" settlement; Limbaugh called the generous awards (even to non-farmers!) a form of reparations. Apparently, no one is allowed to question the Pigford settlement on FCC regulated airwaves.
From the Rush Limbaugh show:
Sharpton to FCC: Shut Down Rush
November 23, 2010
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I have just today been made aware of something that happened last Friday on an obscure radio program on a barely breathing radio network. It's a program hosted by the Reverend Al Sharpton, and last Friday, the Reverend Al Sharpton called on the FCC to take my broadcast license away from me.
RUSH: Right. People who engage in programming shows that will use racial or gender bias. Now, this came on the heels of Sheila Jackson Lee saying she was outraged at my vernacular. And I even forgot, what were they upset about? Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah, Driving Miss Nancy, yeah, Sergeant Schultz. Well, that was ethnic vernacular, that was ethnic vernacularity, and Sheila Jackson Lee was upset about that. Yeah, Driving Miss Nancy, all upset about that. The Reverend Sharpton said of course we're not talking about trying to block free speech. (laughing) No, we're not. He just wants the FCC to take my license away.
As RedState readers know, the FCC has gone down the path of "net neutrality" and some at the FCC want each station to "prove its worth" to humanity, whatever that means. Scary times.
Sharpton and Schultz have been down this road before. From Fox Nation:
November 17, 2010
Sharpton to Schultz: FCC Should Go After Rush
And from NewsBusters:
Al Sharpton: Racist, Sexist Rush Limbaugh Should Be Canned by FCC
By Tim Graham | November 27, 2010 | 06:59
Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer blog reported that the Rev. Al Sharpton used his radio show to accuse someone else of having a radio show with a racial bias. Sharpton said clearly the FCC is not trying to block "free speech" just racist or sexist speech, as defined by a wise man, like Al Sharpton:
From Right Scoop (beat me to it!):
Sharpton meeting with FCC about Rush Limbaugh Posted by therightscoop on Dec 6, 2010 in Politics | 8 Comments
Al Sharpton will not stop until he gets Rush silenced. Plain and simple. Rush isn’t a racist and doesn’t promote racism. What he does do is mock the Left and their one sided politics of racism and hate, and since they are so concerned with political correctness and diversity on the Right, they make an easy target.
Here’s the video of Sharpton talking to Sargent Schultz about his meetings with the FCC
In case you just can’t stand to watch (which I can’t blame you), here’s the pertinent part (transcript via Real Clear Politics)
“Rush Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he wants to say, he does not have the right, though, to do it on publicly regulated airwaves. The FCC has the responsibility to set standards,” Sharpton added.
“You can’t say — in the name of free speech, you can’t say anything you want,” Al Sharpton said on MSNBC. “We’re not talking about stopping free speech,” he added.
“We’re not telling Rush don’t say what you want to say, say it at home, not on public airwaves,” he concluded.
jonathon b 24 minutes ago
this is where social, instead of equal, justice takes you. this person(yes i'm trying to be Christ like about this) is no more an American than you or i, but he gets a meeting with the fcc? to spew(love that word!) his bile?
Yes, Al Sharpton gets a private meeting with the FCC to discuss this vital issue affecting our republic today--whether conservative people should be allowed to talk on the radio.
Hey, Sergeant Ed, be careful what you wish for. Do you really want the United States of America to turn into Hugo Chavez-land? Do you want a United States of America where Al Sharpton silences Rush Limbaugh?
Perhaps you do want this outcome. Perhaps your tiny MSNBC viewership does, also.
But most Americans are horrified that the FCC takes Al Sharpton's rants this seriously.