|The logic of censorship|
Good riddance to US shock jock Don Imus. But the hunt for more of his ilk is now putting free speech at risk.
.....As someone who has no interest in listening to shock radio, that doesn't, by itself, cause me to lose any sleep. But I have a very good, very unoriginal and very selfish reason for wanting to keep regulation to a minimum: the disc jockey's freedom to say stupid things on the air protects my freedom to write stupid things about politics. I don't have a problem with Don Imus being fired, but I do have a problem with that firing reshaping the private consumption habits of millions of people. Speech is about balance. But somewhere along the line the balancing test transformed into a slippery slope.
Welcome to reality, stay a while. The idiotic notion that there is a fine line( approved by liberals) would be observed after the Imus firing is insane. Once they pushed Imus off, it was open season on everyone else in broadcasting, media or everyone else who presents an opinion in a public forum. There has never been any sort of line where everyone agrees this is acceptable and this is not unless the entire society has the same sort of thinking, ideas, concept of decency..etc..etc.
Now everyone is on the lookout for someone saying something "disagreeable" and I guarantee its not just those who liberals like Conor dislike will be caught.