Posted on March 13th, 2012
Besides the Obama administration’s assault on religious liberty, the First Amendment is now being threatened by prominent leftists. Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem are calling for the FCC to silence Rush Limbaugh for “dehumanizing speech,” a reference to his crude remarks about Sandra Fluke. I wish they were as concerned about the dehumanizing act of crushing the skulls of babies. Here’s their opinion piece, published by CNN:
If Clear Channel won’t clean up its airways, then surely it’s time for the public to ask the FCC a basic question: Are the stations carrying Limbaugh’s show in fact using their licenses “in the public interest?”
Spectrum is a scarce government resource. Radio broadcasters are obligated to act in the public interest and serve their respective communities of license. In keeping with this obligation, individual radio listeners may complain to the FCC that Limbaugh’s radio station (and those syndicating his show) are not acting in the public interest or serving their respective communities of license by permitting such dehumanizing speech.
I am no fan of Limbaugh. But I am a huge fan of free speech. Despite their vain attempt to backtrack at the end of their article (posted in its entirety here), they are calling for the government to silence their opponents. That’s the surest indicator that they have no confidence in their own arguments.