Thursday, May 17, 2007

Bias in media

Recently Don Imus was fired for making what could best be called stupid comments. Recently an on-air personality here in Denver made the comment that all Muslims in this country, even citizens, should be forced to wear tracking devices. Here's an article about the incident.

This guy still has a job. Why? Because he's a conservative, plain and simple. I don't necessarily think the guy deserves to lose his job, just like I don't think Imus deserved to lose his, but the simple fact is that in our "liberal" media, any conservative can pretty much get away with saying whatever they want. Limbaugh once told an African-American caller to take the bone out of his nose and call him back. And we don't even need to begin to go into the things O'Reilly says on his show. But if a liberal says something controversial, then they usually lose their jobs. That to me is bias, and clearly shows that the idea of a liberal media is no longer true. Let's face it, Rupert Murdoch is now one of the most powerful people out there, and he's no liberal, folks.

The idea of tracking citizens probably sounds like a good idea to Bush and the other neo-cons as they continue to try to establish a fascist state here in America, and this guy just made the mistake of actually voicing those interests. To those of us that read, it's starting to sound like 1984. Believe me when I say that if they were to implement a policy like this, it wouldn't be long before tracking devices were put on other people...especially those that oppose the current regime.

Having said this, why don't I think the guy should lose his job? Simple, I do tend to agree with people that say we're too PC anymore. Although I do think we need to be respectful of other people, I think that we should still be allowed to express our opinions, even when they differ from common sense. As long as you're not preaching hate, and I do think there is a difference from what this guy said and true hate, I don't think you should be censored. Of course, I didn't hear the entire broadcast, so I don't know if there was more to it, and I also don't know if this guy preaches this kind of stuff on a regular basis. But no matter what he says or does, we as citizens have the right to not listen to him, or to boycott products, or to boycott stations.


Anonymous said...

Know what the shock jocks were saying in Rwanda, prior to the genocide? They probably started out with Limbaughesque comments for a laugh, going on from there by degrees -- feeding on the response -- to finally incite mass rape and murder.

I read how a Canadian court temporarily ruled the Bible "hate literature," after a man repeatedly quoted from the Bible in defense of his attacks on homosexuals. I laughed, at first. I do think the Bible and the 700 Club, etc., aren't criticized enough for the hate they spew, but where should we as liberals draw the line, when it comes to the freedom of speech and of the press?

Any restrictions we agree to can and will be held against us.

Perhaps it's best if we counterattack, not simply boycotting but using every art and talent available to criticize and lampoon these hatemongers, whether they have a "reverend" in front of their name or own their own media empire. If we can't get them fired, we can at least burn them in SF effigy.

J Erwine said...

I always love when people talk about how the Quaran (Koran) teaches hate and violence, but if you read the Bible literally, it does the exact same thing.

Restricting free speech is a slippery slope, and once you start down that path, it can be difficult to find your way back.