Monday, December 19, 2005

Accountable

Everytime I start writing, I get this overwhelming feeling of futility.

Bill O’Reilly.

Rush Limbaugh.

Ann Coulter.

Sean Hannity.

Neil Boortz.

When will we hold them accountable?

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9 Comments:

Blogger Kevin Wolf said...

I'm starting to feel the same way, Al. Any reasonable person would. It's hard even to find the words.

Funny but the crowd you name here never seems to run out of words. It's so easy to find the words when one doesn't get held accountable for what they say.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Soundsurfr said...

With regard to "holding them accountable", what do you suggest?

9:57 AM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Well, V., you just got to start yourself an Independent (although actually Conservative)Think Tank, call yourself a 'Scholar' and start selling Op-Ed pieces to lobbying firms! Maybe you could even get a multi-million dollar contract with the government "information" service!

9:57 AM  
Blogger The Viscount LaCarte said...

Sound,

Legislation that requires fact-checking and fines for out and out fabrications. Howard Stern gets fined for sexual content, but these people can spout racism, sexism, and actually make things up and present them as facts. How is that acceptable?

Honestly though, I feel that beyond voting, refusing to listen to these fools, and speaking up when someone quotes or references some stupid thing they say, there is little we can do.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Soundsurfr said...

>>Legislation that requires fact-checking and fines for out and out fabrications. Howard Stern gets fined for sexual content, but these people can spout racism, sexism, and actually make things up and present them as facts. How is that acceptable?<<<<

Obviously, I'm concerned about First Amendment rights - racist and sexist remarks are not illegal and shouldn't be. I think what might be appropriate would be to require a very clear legal distinction between "news" broadcasts and "news commentary" to be enforced by the FCC. One of the insidious things about FOX news is that they deliberately blur the distinction between news reporting and editorial commentary. The UK has rules like this which actually got FOX booted off the air in England for the reasons you cite.

11:25 AM  
Blogger The Viscount LaCarte said...

Sound,

What about when something is clearly labeled as opinion but fabrications are presented as facts to back up that opinion? O'reilly does that all the time.

It's one thing for me to say "Bush is a bad president because he surrounds himself with yes-men and people who serve the interests of rich oil companies." It is quite another if I say, "Bush is a bad president because he personally arranged a terrorist attack."

Seems outrageous, but Rush Limbaugh still accuses Hillary Clinton of arranging the murder of Vince Foster...

1:32 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Hmm. Well, it's all about cold hard cash, and these demons are seen as revenue generators by their employers, whether it be a broadcasting company, owned by conservative interests, or any of their many customers who hire them as speakers.
Howsabout some good ole coservative Swift-boatin'? Granted, they seem immune to scandals sticking - i.e., O'Reilly skating over sexual harassment, but then, sexual harrassmetn's the woman's fault, according to thei rmindset, so somehow there need to be rumors started about them getting their girlfriends abortions, or being involved in some kind of kink for Cooulter, like, oh, giving enemas to chihuahuas or something?
We must play dirty.

2:31 PM  
Blogger jemison said...

Buck up, Al. The pendulum swings... Also remember, they want people like you to give up. Our country is too important to give in to this group. Keep fightin'.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous The Heretik said...

Neil, there is no thinking in the tank.

12:22 AM  

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