Late in 1999, I talked to a few people who thought Shrub (AKA George W. Bush) was the second coming of Satan. They worked themselves into a lather, bemoaning the possibility of a world that had this convicted felon, drug-abuser and mental midget leading the most powerful military on the face of the Earth. I laughed, placating them with the words, “The position of President of the United States is a puppet perch, meaningless. He won’t affect the world at large! If you want to worry about someone, worry about Cheney. If Bush is elected, he’ll be the one who runs the country!”
Of course, as the elections came about, and the 9/11 attacks changed the world as we know it, I began to see that while my friends weren’t exactly right in their predictions, they came eerily close to the truth. What’s worse is that I wasn’t too far off either.
That’s why I started to look to the 2004 elections with a great deal of interest. I wanted to see how Americans would react to the state of the union. The front runners, Kerry and Edwards, are likeable, charismatic and more importantly, electable.
This recent article that details Kerry’s position on the whole Howard Stern debacle, makes me really pull for the guy. Seriously, anyone who has the intelligence to see past the rhetoric spouted by either side and make an intelligent decision, should be the leader of the free world. I’m not a fan of censorship of any kind, but if Clear Channel decides they want to pull Stern’s show, which they syndicate, off of the channels they manage, they should be able to. What Clear Channel did isn’t censorship, it is intelligent business practice. Clear Channel is guilty of many things, the least of which is a homogenization of the radio waves, but censorship is not one of them.
Had the government insisted that Stern’s show be blocked from the public airwaves, that would have been censorship. But a company, with varied interests, who chooses not to air the program because it would cause them economic hardship doesn’t fit the profile of censorship.
Stern’s an ass. His show is nothing more than infantile jokes about poop, sex, racial stereo-types and freaks of nature. I don’t like his comedy so I do what any intelligent, rational person does. I don’t listen.
In a perfect world, there wouldn’t be any FCC because the US would be filled with intelligent, rational men and women who not only can decide for themselves what constitutes indecent behavior, but can also understand that if they don’t like something, they can just choose not to listen or view the offensive item.
Each Television & Radio has a built-in self-serve censorship device. It’s called the tuner and it comes with a handy knob that lets you change the station whenever you want.