Howard Stern has been doing what he has been doing, vulgar as it can be, for 20 years. I?ve searched to the ends of the Internet and as many of Nebraska?s best weekly?s as I could, and I have yet to turn up one story about one single human being anywhere in this vast country of ours who was in any way harmed by anything they heard from a radio dialed to Stern. Not once have I heard even whispers of a situation where a Howard Stern broadcast violated any individual?s right to life, liberty or property
The FCC (Federal Censorship Commission) is on a roll, radio station owners are in a state of near panic, and broadcasters are losing their livelihoods. Some FCC commissioners, most notably Michael Copp, (a Democrat, by the way), have decided that the FCC has a much broader roll to fill in monitoring and managing the content of radio and television broadcasts than previously imagined.
Americans suffering from AHD (Acute Hypersensitivity Disorder) are fueling the situation, eagerly writing letters and voicing complaints whenever they hear something come from their radio that offends them. A new right is being claimed, the right to not be offended. Politicians anxious to retain their positions of privilege and power in an election year goad the FCC on.
Pat Boone, a musical icon of the ?70?s has chimed in. Still smarting over the failure of the keepers of the community standards to derail the rise of that fanny-wiggling upstart from Tupelo, Boone shares with us his belief that government is just grand.
It is not the role of the government to determine what we can or cannot listen to on the radio. For adults, it?s a matter of choice. For children, it?s a matter left up to parents. Every modern radio I have ever seen has a minimum of two knobs. Votes for or against programming can be cast with a simple twist of either one. And please spare me your concerns that our precious children might inadvertently hear something ugly while out of your control. Believe me, nothing they hear on the radio is going to match today?s lunch line and playground whispers and snickers at the local government school. Besides, just how many simulated murders did you child watch on television the last week? Isn?t it time for you to schedule a parenting priority check?
Today the government censor?s target is language judged to be obscene. Tomorrow? Who knows? We already have heard that some think the FCC censorship crusade should be expanded to satellite and cable. Somehow Tony Soprano saying ?darn you? doesn?t seem all that realistic. What?s next? Comedy clubs?