Randi Rhodes Suspended for . . . What!?!

Since Rhodes was not doing the routine on air, why did Air America decide it had to censor her in a very public fashion? When the notoriously off-color Stern was fined by the FCC, it was, the agency explained, for using unacceptable language on air, according to the Smoking Gun.

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Published in: on April 6, 2008 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Censorship and the Anemic State of Political Discourse in America

When I lived in China in the early 1990s, there were things that you could not discuss. One was Tibet. Another was Taiwan, “referred to in my daughter’s public elementary school in Shanghai as “China’s largest island.” Another was the 1989 massacre of students and workers in Beijing. I used to be grateful at the time that I was an American and that back home, we could talk about anything.

Except that in a way we can’t. Not in public discourse, anyhow.

Published in: on March 17, 2008 at 12:14 am  Leave a Comment  

And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there?

Good evening, America. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine: the security, the familiar, the tranquility, repetition. I enjoy them as much as anyone. But in the spirit of mourning over the death of Habeas Corpus, I thought we could mark this occasion by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance, crusades and torture. And where once you had the freedom to object, think, and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. They promised you order, they promised you peace, and all they demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Tonight I seek to end that silence to remind this country of what it has forgotten: that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.

There have been those who have sought to end that silence, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. Let us try to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.

So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you continue in your slumber. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to wake up and stand beside me for the perspectives that this country was founded upon…

[With thanks to Nanovirus who made some brilliant changes to this speech from V for Vendetta and shared the reasons why this speech applies to US.  I made some minor changes to the last two paragraphs]

Published in: on May 19, 2007 at 11:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Net Censorship on the Rise

Twenty-five out of 41 governments studied block or filter Net content, says a survey by the university-backed OpenNet Initiative

Published in: on May 19, 2007 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Use the First Amendment – But Not In Public

Don Imus and the Triumph of Economic McCarthyism

By Ted Rall
April 17, 2007
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Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 3:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Top Teacher Shown the Door After Showing “Baghdad ER”

Michael Baker worked for the Lincoln, Nebraska, public schools since 1981.

But after he showed the documentary “Baghdad ER” to his geography class on April 18, his career there was over.

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 12:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

CNN Bars Candidate From Debate, Censorship Charged

US Senator Mike Gravel spoke at the DNC winter meeting standing next to Howard Dean and was at the Nevada candidate’s forum with Hillary Clinton, Edwards and the others and he’s been invited to ABC’s debates, but CNN has barred former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel from their New Hampshire debate, without giving a reason.

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 7:37 am  Comments (1)