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Thursday, January 11, 2007

thank you Spocko

This article highlights just what a favor the SF blogger known as Spocko has done all of us.

Right-wing shock radio has developed a culture that is highly deserving of a check from the rest of our society. Right wing "invective as entertainment" has been way over the line in this country since well before the events in Oklahoma City reminded all of us that hate speech has consequences: hate speech is no laughing matter.

Should corporations feel free to buy ads on radio shows, like those on KSFO, where right wing hate jocks advocate using physical violence on our fellow citizens and our politicians because of their political views? Should outrageous and bigoted rhetoric that runs counter to the official corporate policy of a show's advertisers be sponsered by those very corporations? The simple answer is no.

Bigotry may sell, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to buy it or tolerate it. It's a free country, but that doesn't mean we have to buy into hate as entertainment, or support corporations that uncritically sponser it.

Spocko pointed this out in a straightforward and respectful manner and, at least here in San Francisco, that has had real consequences.

Kudos to Spocko.

This story continues.


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