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IBD warned that the FCC’s “chief diversity officer,” Mark Lloyd, “long ago declared war on unbridled talk radio and cable news.”
“We thought we were democratically governed,” the editorial goes on. “We thought we could vote as we choose after a vigorous and open debate. Once the major networks served as information gatekeepers controlling what we saw and heard. Now talk radio, the Internet and cable news have enhanced democracy by promoting the free flow of information and discourse. Lloyd wants to stop all that.”
Stirring and timely stuff.
The enemies of conservative talk radio aren’t confined to White House employees, either.
This week, everyone’s favorite unindicted terrorism co-conspirators, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, announced it was seeking federal hate crime charges in connection with two recent alleged attacks on Muslims.
CAIR blamed those crimes on “growing anti-Muslim rhetoric on the Internet and talk radio,” but declined to cite specific examples.
“But remember, everybody: Glenn Beck is the crazy one …”
This great honor has previously been extended to luminaries like Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan.
In other words: the ban on Savage, like the Glenn Beck boycott, has accomplished nothing except making some hapless do-gooders look like scolds and bores. The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.
Steyn is generally considered Rush’s most popular substitute host. This week, he regaled listeners with his nightmarish experiences with socialized medicine on three continents, his travels in post-invasion Iraq and his meals at Barack Obama’s favorite Chicago restaurant, among other eclectic topics.
Steyn also took a call from an eyewitness to Thursday’s ugly clash between pro- and anti-Obamacare protesters in California, when an angry liberal bit off an elderly man’s finger.
The caller claimed he’d found the missing finger and returned it to the victim in the hospital!
When he returned from vacation on Monday, G. Gordon Liddy thanked WND’s Joseph Farah for serving as substitute host last week.
Farah happened to be subbing for Liddy the day Senator Edward Kennedy died and promised listeners he would spend the next three hours telling stories about Kennedy, “that will make your hair stand on end. So get ready. Call your friends!”