The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

27 September 2007

Bill O'Reilly Harlem Flap, Joe Scarborough, Tammy Bruce


Our Country's Tyrants Work For The Media

Just two days ago, your Radio Equalizer was on a high horse about the relative lack of free speech in Canadian broadcasting as compared with the United States. Given the manufactured "outrage" over relatively benign remarks by Bill O'Reilly, however, are we really any better off?

While it is true that Canada's CRTC has the ability to regulate content in a way the FCC does not, we simply go about censorship differently. In fact, given the way our tyrannical, self- appointed radio PC police operate, we may now be worse off than loonie- land.

Would you wish Media Matters and the mainstream media outlets that do its bidding upon your worst enemy? These budding dictators rule their little empires in the same way one would expect from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez and Robert Mugabe.

Some of our mini- tyrants work for the Washington Post, throwaway rags, left- wing smear sites, CBS and CNN, while others have cable talk shows on MSNBC.

In fact, your Radio Equalizer nominates MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Scarborough as Thug Of The Week. Rather than defend Bill or even remain neutral, he's bashing Al Sharpton for not coming down on O'Reilly hard enough!

Yes, our friend Ahmadine-Joe thinks the censorship gestapo hasn't been activated fast enough. Should we bring in the Burmese military dictatorship to take care of Bill?

From Mark Finkelstein's transcript at NewsBusters:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Al Sharpton went on Bill O'Reilly's show last night, and apparently said very little.

WILLIE GEIST: Well, to be honest, I didn't see him last night, but from what I read he said "I'm going to wait and listen to the tape. It sounds bad on paper, but I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt."

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: It sounds bad on tape, too.

SCARBOROUGH: It does; it sounds bad on tape. You know what else sounds bad? I wonder if Al Sharpton waited three or four days until after the Don Imus dust-up. [Imitating an imaginary Sharpton] "And you know what, I really haven't had time to listen to the [Imus] tape, I'm gonna wait." Come on: what's going on here? He's giving O'Reilly a break. All he has to do is take about ten seconds and listen to what Bill O'Reilly said.

Later in the program:

SCARBOROUGH: What a moron! "[Imitating O'Reilly] I picked up the tab and now I'm getting attacked so it's alright for me to make racist comments as long as I go to a Harlem restaurant and pick up the tabs."

Funny enough, there is still some debate in conservative circles as to whether Joe is "one of us". Once and for all, let's give that a rest. Why would either side want to claim a jerk like Scarborough as one of their own?

Meanwhile, conservative talk host Tammy Bruce is standing up for freedom of expression, which has the Media Matters crowd fit to be tied. Gateway Pundit has a very different take on Tammy's strong words.

When this flap finally blows over, hopefully without O'Reilly forced off the air Imus- style, remember those who stood up for free speech as well as those who were waiting for a moment of weakness so they could stick a knife in another host's back.

Think of that the next time you're tempted to watch would- be dictator Ahmadine-Joe.

ELSEWHERE: Bush is correct, CNN is WRONG: it's Burma, not Myanmar.

UPDATE: Is Olbermann the real racist?

UPDATE: O'REILLY FIRES BACK- "I'm Going To Hunt You Down!"

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