Brent Bozell

Like most liberals, these letter writers claim their own "momentum" means everything, so they cite President Obama's recent comments suggesting maybe a name change is in order. The letter went out before that pompous NBC hack Bob Costas ruined a halftime show by being a good liberal and declaring that, after 40 years of sportscasting, he too, suddenly decided "Redskins" cannot possibly be an honor of someone's heritage, only a "slur."

It really gets comical when these supporters of glorious free expression incidents, like Paris Hilton cursing at awards shows, have the unmitigated gall to pull out the "moral strength" card.

"The image of Washington is prominent throughout this country and the world," they plead. "To continue arguing that the name 'XXXskin' is an honor to Native Americans requires willful ignorance, which casts enormous doubt on team leadership. It is inevitable that this will make an already difficult situation in the nation's capital worse. As all of us have learned in international diplomacy, strength is essential to leadership, and that includes moral strength."

By contrast, Hundt has favored the "free expression" of Janet Jackson displaying a breast on national television in front of millions of children and their shocked parents during the Super Bowl in 2004. In a talk at Duke Law School in 2005, Hundt was outraged anyone would find that NFL incident lacked "moral strength." It was "sad to say a backwards journey of a million miles begins with a single (albeit silly) step." In it, he detected sexual McCarthyism: "The FCC has generated the biggest threat to the First Amendment faced by the electronic media since the McCarthy era because it seeks to limit television viewers' freedom of choice."

Current broadcast indecency regulation doesn't mention any football team names. It's designed to prevent broadcast use of words and images which "in context, depicts or describes sexual or excretory activities or organs in a patently offensive manner as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium." Current law also only applies to broadcast TV, so the FCC can't regulate this football "profanity" on cable sports at ESPN and the NFL Network.

The left is only proving that they're no more anti-censorship than anyone else. They're making it plain that they want any alleged sign of racism, sexism and heterosexism banned from television. But with Snyder, they're trying to win the old-fashioned liberal way: Where they can't regulate, they'll intimidate a businessman into a private-sector surrender.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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