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 .
I agree wholeheartedly. Sometimes they are absolutely hilarious, sometimes they are just too much for me. But just because someone else doesn’t like it doesn’t mean they should decide that I can’t listen to it. That’s problem I have with people demanding that someone be fired. These people obviously aren’t fans and don’t listen to the show, yet they think they can decide what I listen to.
If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. I don’t listen to Air America on XM, but I don’t demand that XM remove them from their line-up.
Condi wasn’t attacked. Now was her character defamed.
I want to steal your car radio! Now point to the defamation in that sentence.
The more ridiculous you get. The funnier it gets.
LOL - because you know it's true. The free speech mantra stops at your front stoop, doesn't it? So, while you're excoriating Boortz for wanting these guys off the air for their repugnant, vile show (which you apparently enjoy), I'm just curious if you would be so supportive if some guy with a bullhorn stood outside your house and broadcast his rape fantasy and brought pain and suffering to your family.
If you don't know the answer to that, well...
Really! Again. What if it was your mother? Can you really sit there with a straight face and tell me if someone on XM radio described the same rape fantasy about your mother, you wouldn't consider that an attack on your mother's dignity and reputation?
Of course there's no defamation in that sentence. The subject is my car radio, not me. If these guys had a fantasy about stealing Condi's purse, that's not defamation, either. Casting her as someone worthy of being raped? That's defamation.
> OK, we are talking about free speech here.
> What is the greater outrage — to demand someone be fired or to joke about a woman being raped?
Neither. We don’t live in a Puritanical world anymore. I sometimes wish we did, but we don’t. We are confronted with outrageous, tasteless behavior all the time. It’s part of living in a free society. My point is that while joking about raping a woman is inappropriate for church, it’s what you’d expect from a shock jock. If you don’t like it, don’t go there. Don’t fire O & A, just switch the station and make your views known to XM—although if you’re not an XM subscriber or O & A listener to begin with, it’s none of your business.
And it’s hilarious how you so badly misunderstand basic metahoric relationships.
A guy stalking me with a bullhorn harassing my mother is not akin to a homeless guy talking about wanting to rape a woman he’ll never get within a mile of.
Do me a favor. Go to a blog I don’t visit and talk about all the horrible things you want to do to my mother. I’ll sit here and wait for it to hurt my feelings.
You seriously don’t understand the definition of defamation. The Pope should give ya a shiner for such silliness.
Dopey and Apathy are terrible all right... a terrible bore. That’s why I don’t tune in to them. I’m not sure Neil intended this indictment of HR3302 to read like such a howling screed in favor of censorship. Yes, the column is trying to draw an ironic parallel to what the lefties will try to do to talk radio, but it’s rather poorly done and has confused most readers, it seems.
It really is a sign of the times. A woman's honor was once something that was worthy of defending. You can't even find moral outrage in the above hypothetical scenario because all you care about is your own "feelings", and not the assault on the dignity of your mother, my mother, anyone's mother - whoever it is. That's just sad.
If you say so, Bogey!
Because, what people say about public officials that I am not forced to listen to or come across has no bearing on me at all.
Yeah, lets give Opie and Anthony what for by giving them lots of free publicity.
Hmmm. . .seems to me he is just expressing an opinion, not dictating to you what you should listen to.
It is perfectly acceptable for someone to call for their firing. Free speech and all, ya know.
But it sure is the sign of a psychotic personality.
> 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?
There are laws governing harassment, libel and defamation, but I don’t think that’s what you’re talking about. I do admire Condi Rice greatly. She showed great strength facing up to the Dems on the Foreign Relations Committee who tried to bully her around in the confirmation hearings. Condi is so far above O & A that I would indeed expect her to shrug it off.
> Im just curious if your idea of free speech only applies to people you dont know...
To take a personal example, I live in Massachusetts and have become inured to the personal abuse showered upon me by people shocked to discover that a Republican is in their midst.
no offense, but I think you missed the boat on what he’s saying in this article. He’s not dictating what people should and shouldn’t listen to. He’s saying that with this bill, the libs will use these guys’ stupidity to lump ALL of talk radio (Air America not included) into one basket and ban it. It’s no secret that libs would gleefully sacrifice one of thier own to eliminate 2, 3, 10 of ours. Regardless of O&A’s political stand, left or right, they can, and judging by this bill most likely will, be used as a tool to ban free speech.