Skip to comments.Opie and Anthony -- A Threat To Us All
Posted on 05/11/2007 3:30:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
Drudge posted this yesterday. Since it appeared on Drudge, you can rest assured that by today everybody in a position of power over radio that would be politicians have either heard it or heard about it.
What am I talking about? Its an excerpt from the Opie and Anthony show on XM Satellite radio. These two pigs were once on broadcast radio, but they lost their jobs when they thought it might be cute to send some listeners out to have sex in a church.
Now before I give you a link .. I want to warn you what youre about to hear is vile, repulsive and disgusting. These two jerks had someone on their show named Homeless Charlie. The person was either black or using a black accent. Charlie begins to discuss having sex with Condi Rice. In fact, what he was talking about was raping the Secretary of State. Then, in similarly vulgar terms, he talked about having sex with Laura Bush and the Queen of England. When you click on this link (if the server isnt slammed by now) youre going to hear extremely disgusting language so be prepared. If you cant handle it, just leave it alone and continue with the rest of the column. OK, heres the link.
So... how did you like that? Pretty pathetic, wasnt it? This was the product of two extremely immature and sick people trying to be cute by seeing just how far they can push the envelope.
Now I dont know what other radio hosts might have to say about this today, but I most certainly have something on my mind, and if you chose to read on youre going to get an earful.
These two pathetic fools need to be removed from XM satellite radio right now. Today. No suspension. No warning. Fire them. Now.
By the end of the day today youre going to hear liberals in congress and the media referring to these two morons as talk show hosts. Comparisons will be drawn between them and people like Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and myself. Youll hear the phrases hate speech and hate radio over and over again as these leftists push their Stalinist-inspired plans to destroy conservative and libertarian talk radio. By the time the dust has settled the majority of the people in this country --- who dont by the way, listen to talk radio --- will absolutely believe in their hearts that this Opie and Anthony stunt is representative of all talk radio, and these people will be eager to support their politicians in their goal to shut us all down.
Right now we have a little gem called H.R. 3302, the Media Ownership Reform Act, in the congress. H.R. 3302 is a project of DC Democrats who know that conservative talk radio constitutes a real threat to their plans for total victory in 2008. If H.R. 3302 were to become law, talk radio as you know it would be dead inside of nine months. Period. Thanks to the antics of these two idiots there will be more congressmen who will be willing to join in this and other efforts to control broadcast radio and, incidentally, to control satellite broadcasting as well.
Over the years there have been no shortages of politicians, from both sides of the aisle, who have wanted to initiate more government control of content on satellite radio and TV. Power-hungry politicians around the world know that one of the keys to gaining and then holding political power is to control the means by information is disseminated to the population. U.S. politicians know that theyre chances of exercising direct government control over the printed media that, for those of you who went to government schools, would include newspapers are limited to slim and none. We have the First Amendment to thank for that. But by the time broadcasting came around politicians were savvy enough to find a way around the First Amendment in their goal of controlling broadcast content. The created this ridiculous fiction of the publics airwaves and have exploited that asinine idea to their benefit for years. Now theyre working to increase that control through H.R. 3302 and, at the same time, considering ways to spread their censorship agenda to satellite radio. After all, dont those satellite signals come through those very same airwaves that the politicians claim are owned by the people?
Opie and Anthony just gave these control-freak politicians a huge bit of leverage with their crude little skit about raping the Secretary of State and the First Lady. Oh .. and throw in the Queen also. What fun. What incredible talents these two jerks are.
Those of us in talk radio, both broadcast and satellite owe it to our country and to our listeners to rise up in outrage against these disgusting shock jocks and demand their immediate dismissal from XM. If XM doesnt want to act then we should consider canceling our subscriptions. Im serious. I mean it.
And dont give me that free speech nonsense either. I know that many of you were educated by the government, but you dont have to go around advertising it, do you? The free speech guarantees of the First Amendment only apply to actions by government, not by private entities. The government cannot use its exclusive franchise on the right to use force in order to prevent you from speaking our mind but your employer damn sure can. Not by force, mind you, but by job action. Free speech does not mean that you have the right to say anything you please on any radio station or any private satellite cannel. Whoever owns and controls that station and/or satellite has every right in the world to control content. Opie and Anthony are content. XM ought to show some responsibility now today.
Get rid of them --- before their virus spreads.
Neal Boortz is a talk show host and columnist for Townhall.com as well as co-author of The FairTax Book .
These guys are FANTASTIC by the way, even if this stunt/bit was in poor taste
> You must be suffering from oxygen depravation since your head is so far up your @$$.
Easy there, cowboy. May I suggest a decaf?
> Nobody is “dictating” what you should be listening to. If HR3302 passes, somebody will.
Neal Boorts is. If HR3302 abridges the right of free speech, then it is too.
> Got it?
Boortz was upset when O’Reilly did it to him but Neal’s happily doing it to O&A.
I didn’t want Neal fired for his crass stupid comments about VA but apparently Neal thinks a crazy homeless guy ought not be given that same leeway.
Precisely and exactly.
XM is providing content people PAY TO LISTEN TO.
Legislation won't change the fact that these idiots get paid to be idiots.
If you are outraged, cancel your XM subscription.
> You sound like you are on cloud 9
Not sure what you mean. Opie and Anthony are certainly disgusting and I don’t listen to them. You can if you want to; it’s none of my business. That’s not outlandish; it’s freedom.
... just as long as it’s not your mother they’re graphically talking about sodomizing, right?
It wasn't THEM talking about it. It was an insane homeless man.
So, what if at 9 a.m. everyday - seven days a week - 52 weeks a year - Opie and Anthony had a guest on to graphically describe sodomizing your wife, mother, daughter, etc.? Not just any one. YOUR loved one. Seven days a week. What’s your opinion on “free” speech? What if they took out a billboard in your community and printed the same for everyone to see on the way to work? What would your opinion be of free speech as your family honor is desecrated for the purpose of “entertainment”? Shrug your shoulders? Oh well? It’s their right?
I’m just curious if your idea of free speech only applies to people you don’t know...
> Its GOT to be stopped, its madness. The media in this country has lost its mind, it started with Imus, and I do NOT want to know where it ends.
If Imus had stuck to his guns instead of groveling, he’d have dealt the first major blow to political correctness and that demagogue Sharpton. Not that I’m defending Imus...
How will this bill, if it’s passed, impose censorship on talk radio?
Is Boortz insane? He’s going down the Reverend Al route- wanting radio hosts fired because his feelings were hurt. Whining little crybaby...
LOL! So, they're not responsible for the content on their program? You mean, they were struck with paralysis while this guy was ranting on and couldn't turn off the mike? That must be it. They were numb with moral outrage at this guy describing a rape fantasy of Condoleeza Rice!
Come on. Free speech doesn't apply to defamation. You must know that.
Well first, anything if repeated often becomes unfunny. Second what you described is harassment.
Somewhere on a radio station someone is saying something that angers me. How can I find these people and how can I get them fired?
Joking about rape isn’t defamation.
The relevant section is this:
"`(a) Public Interest Obligation to Cover Publicly Important Issues- A broadcast licensee shall afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of conflicting views on issues of public importance. The enforcement and application of the requirement imposed by this subsection shall be consistent with the rules and policies of the Commission in effect on January 1, 1987.'."
In other words, the Bill includes an attempt to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine.
The Wikipedia article on the Fairness Doctrine says, in part:
"In 1986 the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a loose interpretation by the FCC of an aspect of the Fairness Doctrine, ruling that Congress had "never made the doctrine a binding requirement." In August 1987, the Commission abolished the doctrine by a 4-0 vote, in its Syracuse Peace Council decision. The FCC insisted that the doctrine had grown to inhibit rather than enhance debate and suggested that, due to the many media voices in the marketplace at the time, the doctrine was perceived to be unconstitutional.
"In the spring of 1987 Congress attempted to contest the FCC vote and restore the Doctrine (S. 742, 100th Cong., 1st Sess. (1987)), but the legislation was vetoed by President Reagan. Another attempt to resurrect the doctrine in 1991 ran out of steam when President George H.W. Bush threatened another veto."
The article also points out that:
"It has been routinely criticized by conservatives in the media as a means of keeping their views from being expressed or of deliberately cutting their available air time in half."
This is the reason why some of us are concerned by anything that gives ammuntion to those arguing in favor of this Bill.
WELL SAID, sauropod! This is not about punishing an exercise in "poor taste." This is about the necessity of defeating what is evidently a conspiracy to control speech -- which is, of course, utterly unconstitutional. In talk radio, the Left couldn't "compete"; so it wants to "defeat." The next target will be the Internet.
Who said it has to be funny to be entertaining. There are probably enough perverts who would find the 60-second rape fantasy of your mother extremely entertaining. Should it be protected free speech?
Second what you described is harassment.
And what Opie and Anthony had on wasn't harassment? Harassment is subjective. If everyone finds a rape fantasy of your mother great entertainment, who's to say it's harassment?
At least they didn’t say nappy. THAT would have been too much.
See, you’re being so silly over this it’s funny. Feel free to keep overexagerating and acting silly. Even if it does involve talking about raping my mother your babling is hilarious.
The more ridiculous you get. The funnier it gets.
Denigrating jokes can absolutely constitute defamation.
According to WordWeb
1. A malicious attack
2. An abusive attack on a person's character or good name