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CENSORSHIP: Free speech a thing of the past in Los Angeles

Letter by Michael B. Murphy, Gig Harbor on March 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm with 24 Comments »
March 22, 2012 5:01 pm

The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution on Wednesday which is an affront to all that is sacred in these United States of America. It states, in part, that the City of Los Angeles is to be “… first in the nation to declare derogatory, sexist, misogynistic and racist language as having no place on public airwaves in one of the most diverse cities in the world.”

Apparently the City of Los Angeles has seceded from the United States of America and the Constitution, which ensures their treasured “diversity.”

Let me be “first in the nation to declare derogatory, sexist, misogynistic and racist language is protected, no matter how offensive and any city and the businesses within its metropolitan influence have no place in a free nation and should not be supported in any way shape or form.”

I may not agree with what was said across the offending airwaves, but I will not support those who resolve to prevent them from saying it. Will the Disneyland or the Universal theme parks go bankrupt without my trade? Of course not. It is but a simple gesture which will go unnoticed until such time as there comes a knock on my door – alas, they got my neighbor yesterday.

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  1. I believe such speech has no place in all of America. And my statement holds just as much weight as the LA City Council’s does in their non-binding resolution.

    Good for them for using their free speech rights to make their beliefs known.

  2. denismenis says:

    The LA resolution is making a point in platitudes via an organization, and yes, has no more weight than standing on a soapbox on a street corner.

    This manufactured oppression and boogity boogity tripe is really quite shopworn.

    Please, get over yourself.

  3. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The people residing in the Socialist State of California will be considered more ignorant than the L.A. City Council if they give any notice other than ignoring the rule to take away their freedom of speech!!

  4. bobcat1a says:

    Michael, your hyperbolic attack on the City Council of Los Angeles is truly ironic. The resolution you refer to is nothing more than a plea for civility and has no legal effect. They are allowed to have an OPINION just as much as you are. Your diatribe (and piggy’s addendum) are nothing more than willful attempts at disinformation and are shameful. There is not even a hint of a whisper of an attempt to infringe freedom of speech in that resolution and you must (or should) know it.

  5. Dave98373 says:

    Nobody (at least, most sane and rational people anyway!) takes the state of California, much less the L.A. City Council, serious. Lighten up and enjoy life…it is far too short to be concerned with this silliness.

  6. Just another tempest in a T-pot.

  7. Cue the phony outrage.

  8. Well done Michael. The coolest thing about “airwaves” is that they are transmitted through devices with off switches. If somebody doesn’t like what they’re hearing, turn the damn device off.

  9. Defender of Women’s Rights, Insulter of Actual Woman : Senator UpChuck Schumer (D) after refusing to turn off his cellphone so the plane can pull away from the gate asked if he could finish his conversation and he was told no. He hung up but continued arguing and then called the woman a “b!#*@”, the phone rang again moments later “It’s Harry Reid calling, I guess health care will have to wait until we land.”Mr. Schumer said.

    Controversy erupted after Matthews made remarks about Hillary on Joe Scarborough’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC “the reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front-runner is her husband messed around. That’s how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win there on her merit.”

    “Top 10″ list Tuesday night focused on Palin’s recent trip to New York, and included several cracks: “Bought makeup from Bloomingdale’s to update her ‘$l*!!y flight attendant’ look,” Letterman said. “One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game, during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.”

    David Letterman in an attempt at humor, passed off as an apology

    Michael Moore pays $20,000 of the bail for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, who is being held in a British prison on Swedish sex-crimes allegations.

    Left-wing darling Matt Taibbi a writer for Rolling Stone wrote in 2009, “When I read [Michelle Malkin’s] stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of b@!!$ in her mouth”.

    Ed Schultz calls Laura Ingraham a “$l#t”

    Liberal radio host Ed Schultz was telling listeners Monday that Palin was an “empty pantsuit” who had set off a “b!#*o alert.”

    In October 2009, Keith Olbermann called Michelle Malkin, “a big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.” Then, in April of last year, Olbermann tweeted about conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, “On so many levels she’s a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work Planned Parenthood does.”

  10. Phony outrage, is right. I wonder why they waited until now to offend Americans with their Constitution-Hate-Speech and Anti-Speech ..,.. speech?

  11. Frankenchrist says:

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  12. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Nice. Good job TNT.

    More occupiers acting civil. Thankfully Americans know this is a lie.

  13. Over react a bit Michael B.?

  14. “There is not even a hint of a whisper of an attempt to infringe freedom of speech in that resolution and you must (or should) know it.”

    Ah, but there IS a whisper, and that’s actually more to the point. Those here who cannot see how one thing leads to another in such matters are willfully blind or just naive. The state assumes control by taking baby steps, knowing full that well that many will not know what hit them when suddenly they have lost their essential freedoms.

  15. “Ah, but there IS a whisper”

    SO you admit you’ve never read it and only going by what your biased media tells you?

    “The state assumes control by taking baby steps, knowing full that well that many will not know what hit them when suddenly they have lost their essential freedoms”

    Oh my, your hyperbolic comments would mean so much more had you taken this stand on so many of the far right wing legislation now working it’s way though many states attack women and their freedoms.
    But you, don’t see it with your rose colored glasses do you?

  16. scott0962 says:

    In the interest of fairness (and heaven knows liberals are nothing if not “fair”) then I presume Los Angeles will be taking action to keep both Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern off the airwaves in their city?

    The author is right, freedom of speech means nothing if it only protects what is considered inoffensive and acceptable. Both Rush and Howard have the right to say what they want on their shows and if someone doesn’t like what they have to say there’s a little button on the radio that changes the channel.

  17. Chippert says:

    Obviously, 3pigs and others have no concept of what government really is, and think that a “resolution” is a law. The City of LA did absolutely nothing to abrogate Free Speech, any more than the Tacoma City Council did anything to change Arizona’s immigration law with their resolution. The City Council of LA merely expressed their disgust at foul and abusive language going out over the radio and asked the citizens of that city to express their own disgust to the radio stations involved. Big deal.

    What really is involved in the cry of the Far Right about this is that the same radio station that called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” after her death also carried Rush Limbaugh’s show. The Tea Party is truly grasping at straws in their panic to change the course of America to their own class-based vision of the rich-get richer and the rest of us get screwed.

  18. LornaDoone says:

    No one has a right to make a statement against uncivil dialog.


  19. Is there really any of our individual freedoms, protected by the Constitution, that the left WOULDN’T do away with if given the opportunity?

  20. LornaDoone says:

    Beyond guns and the latest twist on religion, I doubt that conservatives know what our rights are. Even those, they have to be told what to say.

  21. bobcat1a says:

    Free speech is like pregnancy. You can’t have a little bit of either. You are for it or against it. If you’re against the LA City Council speaking freely, you’re not for free speech.

  22. I’m just wondering which of the rightwingtalkradio folks inspired this rant.

    Anyone who claims that a city council PROCLAMATION in any way infringes upon the 1st Amendment, doesn’t understand the 1st Amendment.

  23. menopaws says:

    Yean, I heard Dorie Munson whining about it on the radio………..Talking about muzzling the “freedom of the press”……..Cracks me up–these radio shock jocks actually believe they are “Media”. Let’s be clear—you want to talk like a sewer rat—you are NOT media. You are scum. So, a resolution asking scum to clean it up is never a bad thing………They won’t do it……..but, maybe people will start changing the radio dial. I usually switch to rock music when Munson hits the airwaves, but listening to him whine, and rant about the free press was downright amusing. ……Talk about delusions of grandeur!!!!!! I was laughing at him so hard I was crying……..

  24. LornaDoone says:

    Munson used to have a good show, then in 2004 he went into the tank for the right wing, starting with the “Swiftboat Veterans” (and we all know how credible they were).

    When Ed Schultz’s (KPTK) syndicate on a tiny daylight station walked all over Munson’s audience numbers he increasingly went further in the tank. I happened to hear him “interview” a certain “plumbing contractor”, the day before McCain went public with “Joe the Plumber” back in 2008. Do you think McCain was listening to Seattle radio or was Munson doing front end work for the McCain/Palin campaign?

    In short, Munson is a shill.

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