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11:40am on Sunday the 22nd of September
HOW DID YOUR FANBASE DIE?
According to various message boards, XM is facing major subscription cancellation from Opie and Anthony lovers who are willing to forgo their precious satellite radio in order to show support for the controversial shock jocks and distaste over the "censorship" that has pervaded radio as of late.
NY Press digg this
Three cheers for sneer quotes! Well, if this stuff isn't censorship, then we really need to come up with a word for it. It's organizing to shut people up when they say things you don't like, but technically it isn't censorship because the government isn't doing it. (Which seems like semantics to me... Do TV networks have "not-censors"?) How about "Being busybody meddlers who can't stand anybody else enjoying something they don't like"? Seems fairly accurate, but it's kind of a mouthful. I would like to apologize for using the word "mouthful." [UPDATE: In the comments, John Tabin suggests "comstockery." I like it. Not only is it entirely accurate, but it sounds kind of dirty in its own right. "Up for a bit of comstockery tonight, my dear?" Oh, ribaldry!]

By the way, you know the situation is [CENSORED]-up when I find myself agreeing with a goshdarn Kos Kid.

(Picture courtesy of Wackbag.com, one of the unofficial O&A message boards. There's a whole thread with pictures of people's XM radios that they've destroyed in protest. Which... I mean, no matter how angry you are, breaking your radio makes about as much sense as buying a bottle of expensive wine and pouring it in the street to protest the French. They already have your money, stupid!)

P.S. Craig Lyndall has more.

P.P.S. "It was probably time for their vacation anyways." Nope, they'd just come back from a two-week vacation when this happened. This is not a publicity stunt. And the mass-cancellations sure as heck aren't, if I may be so bold.

P.P.P.S. O&A getting suspended isn't "the marketplace at work." The subscribers cancelling in protest, now that's about the marketplace. See, XM is subscriber-based. It's not like regular radio, and this isn't about advertisers bailing out. There are ads on some channels, but most of XM's money comes directly from subscriptions. So, now that XM has alienated a large group of subscribers -- due to pressure from special-interest groups, media screamers, and other meddlers who've never subscribed and only heard about the "Homeless Charlie" thing because somebody took an audio clip out of context and put it on the Internet -- XM is starting to see the marketplace at work. That's where capitalism comes in.

P.P.P.P.S. Yes, Curtis Sliwa Is Still Alive, Pt. 1 & Pt. 2.
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