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11:34am on Sunday the 22nd of September
HOW ABOUT JUST CALLING IT 'EXTORTION'?
Airing a homeless man fantasizing about raping Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is just the latest in a string of radio incidents that prove America is ignoring the principles upon which it was founded.

As deplorable as such jokes may be, the laws of the government for which Rice works protect the rights of radio personalities Opie and Anthony.

An affection for offensive humor is not shared by many Americans. But these two so-called "shock jocks," whose time is mostly spent delivering witty riffs on the news, making fun of people who deserve a good smashing and talking like a bunch of guys sitting at a bar, should be able to say what they want...

Taken out of context, the headline "Opie and Anthony Joke About Raping Condoleezza Rice" looks bad. Really bad. But nobody's reporting the complete context in which it was said.

The homeless man, named Charlie, was on a profanity-laced rant where he attacked Al Sharpton, Jewish people, white people, and other important females such as First Lady Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth II.

He was an equal-opportunity offender, ripping on everyone.

But one Web site that no one has heard of, breitbart.tv, decided that comment was wrong and sent only one minute of audio to the Drudge Report. That was the seed that started this whole thing...

Though no official action has been taken on Opie and Anthony over the statement (which, incidentally, only aired on XM, a world free from regulation by the Federal Communications Commission and where listeners pay for the privilege to hear O&A), the half-informed public outrage is enough to give pause.
The Times Herald-Record digg this
Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not censorship unless the government does it. But when they came up with that amendment, they didn't have the Internet and special-interest groups and a 24-hour news cycle. You don't need the government hovering over you in order to feel a chill on what you can and can't say.
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