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Sever-ance II
Massachusetts News Platoon ^ | May 7, 2009 | D. R. Tucker

Posted on 05/07/2009 3:45:10 AM PDT by MartinaMisc

Is hate speech merely in the ear of the listener?

In a bizarre editorial, the Boston Phoenix has called on Boston talk-radio station WTKK-FM (96.9) to consider ending its nearly ten-year association with afternoon radio host Jay Severin, who was recently suspended for hyperbolic comments about Mexico’s role in the spread of swine flu. While Severin’s rhetoric did go over the edge, the Phoenix may be going too far.

“Severin was being more than an advocate for his anti-immigrant point of view, more than provocative, more than even incendiary,” the editorial states. “In our opinion, he was being hateful, trying to deny the basic humanity of Mexicans so as to render them unworthy of being afforded rights.”

While Severin’s description of Mexico’s problems was, shall we say, intense, he was not attempting to “deny the basic humanity of Mexicans so as to render them unworthy of being afforded rights.” Over the years, Severin has been clear in his belief that those who (as he would put it) “break into the country” have no rights–not because they are Mexicans, but because they have arrived in the country illegally. (Note that the Phoenix characterizes Severin’s views as “anti-immigrant,” when his views are actually anti-illegal-immigrant.)

(Excerpt) Read more at massachusetts.newsplatoon.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: jayseverin; severin; swineflu; talkradio

1 posted on 05/07/2009 3:45:10 AM PDT by MartinaMisc
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To: MartinaMisc
I think the Boston Phoenix is being hateful and it should be shut down too.

Of course that standard never applies to the left.

2 posted on 05/07/2009 3:48:42 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: MartinaMisc
From the Phoenix's article:

Like all good civil libertarians, we support the right of neo-Nazis — or any other haters for that matter — to demonstrate, or publish, or communicate in any form they might choose. But just as we would defend WTKK's right to have a neo-Nazi or a racist as a guest on one of its talk shows, so, too, would we question the wisdom of giving someone of such questionable sentiments a permanent soapbox as a talk-show host.

They are willing to support free speech for neo-Nazis but not Severin?

How screwed up are they?

3 posted on 05/07/2009 3:54:06 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: MartinaMisc

Who died and made the Boston Phoenix the arbiter of free speech?


4 posted on 05/07/2009 4:00:28 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd: ON)
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To: 6SJ7

The Rhode Island prostitution industry?


5 posted on 05/07/2009 4:51:13 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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