The City Of Los Angeles has passed a resolution on talk radio, putting themselves on supposed moral high ground after comments from syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh on Sandra Fluke and LA juggernauts John and Ken on Whitney Houston. In both cases, the hosts apologized. John and Ken were suspended for a week. But apologies mean nothing to the Progressive Left, who are only interested in finding opportunities to shut down conservative talk radio.
The resolution (non-binding) from the LA City Council is based on bringing civility to the airwaves, as LA wishes to be:
....first in the nation to declare derogatory, sexist, misogynistic, and racist language as having no place on public airwaves in one of the most diverse cities in the world.
It's a hard position to argue. Radio, when done right, doesn't need any of those things. The problem is not the idea; it's who decides what is derogatory, sexist, misogynistic, and racist. Shouldn't that be a decision left to the listener?
The other problem is the people arguing it. The LA City Council supported the Occupy movement. The same Occupy movement that destroyed property and cost the city millions of dollars in clean-up. The same Occupy movement, nationwide, that engages in rapes, sexual assaults, drug use, and defecating on police cars.
On what level footing does the LA City Council expect to wield this new found morality?
Further, why is the city of Los Angeles getting involved? Week after week, we hear of teachers being arrested for sexually assaulting their children. In LA, the story has been going on for over a month as more and more teachers are being removed from the classroom. The police chief, Charlie Beck, believes that illegal invaders should be allowed driver's licenses. Why? It will cut down on "hit and run" accidents. The LA Fire Department is on the hot seat for unacceptable response times and staffing issues. The LA City Council should be plenty busy with doing the actual work of the people and should have no time for pompous grandstanding.
The resolution is a testament to Progressivism, and is, in a word, racist: (emphasis mine)
WHEREAS, Clear Channel Media Holding's commitment to diversity is not
being realized at its flagship station KFI 640 AM, where out of 15 on-air personalities,
only one is a female and none of them are African American
WHEREAS there are not any African Americans currently working in KFI 640
AM's newsroom as full-time producers or engineers, or as outside paid contributors, fillin hosts, or other on air personalities
WHEREAS, when you have an absence of African Americans and other
minorities in the workplace, it is easy to become desensitized to what other groups find intolerable which ultimately fosters an environment where negative comments can go unchecked and corporate guidelines and policies are no longer being enforced
Translation: White people who work together, if left alone, will eventually become racists and sexists.
My parents have been married for 42 years and have been working together now for over 20 years. They are both white, and have no other employees. Are they racists, too?
After determining the "problem," they quickly have the answers, too: (emphasis mine)
...a truly diverse work environment must include the hiring of a work force that reflects the diversity of Los Angeles which including women, African-Americans, Latinos and Asians
Translation: Don't hire based on need or qualification. Hire on skin color and ethnicity only.
Is there anything more racist than that?
The purpose of the resolution is to continue an assault on conservative radio talk show hosts. The apologies of Limbaugh, and of John and Ken, are not enough for Progressives, who see clear their opportunity to silence opposing voices. It's important to note, as done by DigitalJournal.com, that the resolution only goes after talk radio, and not TV:
As pointed out by the Daily Beast, there have been many mysogynistic statements made by liberal television personalities. Kirsten Powers gives examples such as MSNBC's Ed Schultz calling Laura Ingraham "a right wing slut," and Bill Maher referring to Sarah Palin as a "dumb twat" and a "c**t."
Apparently, the 13 members of the Los Angeles City Council who voted in favor of the resolution don't want to apply the same standards of restricted speech to liberals on television as they want applied to conservatives on the radio.
The LA City Council can't set morality because they are not moral. Objectionable content is protected by the First Amendment, which the Council clearly wants to crush. Those who disagree with what they hear will change the channel, or turn off their radio or TV.
You can't turn off the Los Angeles City Council, but you can vote them out.