UPDATE: Firedoglake runs with the story.
I spent a good, long time yesterday reading this post and its comment thread (Spocko Rocks ABC! Micky (sic) Mouse Blinks!) over at Daily Kos. Here’s the story, in a nutshell: a blogger with the handle Spocko became concerned over the hate speech excreted by KSFO DJs Melanie Morgan, Lee Rogers, Brian Sussman. He started recording some of the more egregious examples and posted them to his blog, Spockosbrain.
So you’ll know what we’re dealing with — and you won’t have to take my word for it that this is hate speech — here’s Lee Rogers talking about a black man in Lincoln, Nebraska:
“Now you start with the Sear’s Diehard the battery cables connected to his testicles and you entertain him with that for awhile and then you blow his bleeping head off. “
Melanie Morgan on Nancy Pelosi: “We’ve got a bulls-eye painted on her big laughing eyes.” She also called for New York Times editor Bill Keller (and nine editors from other newspapers) to be hanged in public.
Lee Rogers on Indonesia: “Indonesia is really just another enemy Muslim nation. … You keep screwing around with stuff like this we are going to kill a bunch of you. Millions of you. ”
And Brian Sussman, in response to a critical caller, demanded the caller to prove he wasn’t a Muslim: “Say Allah is a wh*re!”
Mind you, not all of these are on the same footing. Recommending the torture/murder of a man in Lincoln, or the assassination/lynching of editors and public officials, clearly crosses the line, while Sussman’s crap may not meet the criteria of hate speech. (Don’t know, not a lawyer.)
KSFO is owned by ABC/Disney. One of their lawyers got Spocko’s ISP to shut him down; Mike Stark at Daily Kos picked up the story, and now we have a blogswarm. Read that link above, though — the tale of how Spocko has gone after KSFO by informing advertisers of all this hate speech is inspirational and edifying.
Today, Mike Stark reports on the Spocko blogswarm. Follow me below the cut.
Here’s the rallying cry:
We are tired of being marginalized by fringe kooks like these guys. This clip here, in which they fantasize about putting NY Times Editor Bill Keller in a malfunctioning electric chair, really says it all. These people have set the tone and defined the discourse for the better part of 5 years – or longer. It is a ridiculous thought that these immature and dysfunctional children are given platforms from which their bile and venom is broadcast to millions. This air pollution is absolutely toxic and damaging to the goal of a reasonably harmonious and peaceful society and it needs to be marginalized. Nothing will marginalize it further that making what they say known. Melanie Morgan, Lee Rodgers, “Officer Vic” and Brian Sussman would be involuntarily confined if they uttered these statements on a street corner. Why should they be given 50,000 watts to do it over the broadcast spectrum that belongs to you and I?
And here’s the action plan. Stark’s post today includes a list of the names and phone numbers of KSFO’s advertisers. This is not a boycott, folks — these companies are our allies, not our enemies. If they learn what sort of hate speech their products are becoming associated with, many will drop KSFO. Many already have. (The only pressure the corporate minions understand: money.) Stark also recommends reprinting links to the offending audio clips. El Gato Negro at Online Blogintegrity has obliged. The idea is to spread this stuff all over the blogosphere. This is (based on my reading of the comments at Kos) covered by the fair use doctrine, by the way.
If you want to get a small taste of this hate speech, check out this YouTube video. Or revel in the evil of Melanie Morgan and Ann Coulter contemplating the execution of liberals. Own your evil, people! Wear it with pride!
Yesterday at Online Blogintegrity, El Gato Negro discussed how one commenter, blogicalthought, has been making the rounds, leaving comments on posts from bloggers reporting this story. Is he a shill for ABC/Disney? Who knows — you decide. Here’s blogicalthought at Lost Remote:
So, you have an anonymous blogger who has stolen private ma terial, advocated that others not have the freedom of speech because he doesn’t agree with their views and has basically not only been advocating for facism, but commiting facist acts by trying to deny Americans free speech rights which don’t blend with his own views of what is acceptable.
Which brings me back to the title of this piece. Hate speech is not protected speech. Is that simple enough for you, blogicalthought?
And why aren’t we seeing any legal action against KSFO for their hate speech? Does anyone seriously believe ABC/Disney would want to defend such speech in what would undoubtedly be a high profile case? KSFO’s lawyers would plea out the first chance they got.
Sorry for the long rant, but the subject of fascism gets my blood up. We have a fascist/imperial president who accreted his power thanks in part to the Melanie Morgans and Ann Coulters of this country; and when the wingnuts self-righteously claim First Amendment protection for their spew, the hypocrisy of it all really makes me want to scream.