You would think the First Amendment would give us some breathing room, but the attacks on free speech in the last week alone have been startling. The LA City Council is considering barring radio hosts from racist or sexist comments. This sounds all well and good, but who gets to decide what’s racist or sexist? We’ve got commentators saying any criticism of a black president or of people on welfare is “code” for racism – do the commentators get to decide? Do outfits like Media Matters get to tell us what’s okay to discuss? Or will we set up a new government bureaucracy (within the FCC?) to figure it out? I don’t like any of these options. I don’t like being insulted any more than the next person, but the First Amendment gives people the right to say offensive things to each other.
[Update: The LA City Council approved the abovementioned resolution, though its wording seems to have little actual force]
And speaking of Media Matters, they’re now running ads to get Rush off the air. Sadly, they’re not advertising on Rush’s EIB network. Because that would be funny.