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RI Gov. Chafee: Stop paying for vitriolic commentary
The Providence Journal ^ | January 13, 2011 | Felice Freyer

Posted on 01/14/2011 7:02:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

When talk radio hosts use harshly divisive language, "The advertisers should shut them down," Governor Lincoln Chafee said this morning.

Chafee said the solution to the vitriolic rhetoric -- which some have linked to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords over the weekend -- is for people to stop paying for it, including not buying books from people who use such language.

Chafee made his comments in response to reporters' questions after a meeting on health care. He noted that he had been a target of violence-tinged criticism himself. In 2006, conservative commentator Ann Coulter wrote a column, "They shot the wrong Lincoln," and calling then-Senator Chafee a "half-wit."

Chafee made national news earlier this week when he announced that he would not go on talk radio and would ban state employees from doing so.

The ban came because talk radio is essentially "ratings-driven, for-profit programming" that was not appropriate use of state employees' time, Chafee said....

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......and calling then-Senator Chafee a "half-wit."

half-wit (h f w t , häf -). n. Slang. A foolish or stupid person. half -wit ted adj. half -wit ted·ly adv. half -wit ted·ness

Maybe Gov. Chafee would prefer that she describe him as Gore once did his political enemies, as possessing "an extra chromosome,"

1 posted on 01/14/2011 7:02:14 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“The ban came because talk radio is essentially “ratings-driven, for-profit programming””

Virtually ALL radio is ratings-driven and for-profit! What a...half-wit!


2 posted on 01/14/2011 7:06:01 AM PST by Castigar
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What’s his definition of vitriolic? One persons vitriol could be lying bag of hysterical slime, and another could be truth and facts.


3 posted on 01/14/2011 7:06:54 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: All

He really must have done a slow burn when this hit the Internet:

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“...After Chafee’s family money got him into Andover and Brown, he made his living shoeing horses for seven years. In fact, I’ve often wondered if an errant kick to the head by one of his charges would account for Chafee’s rudimentary cognitive abilities.

That remains Chafee’s only professional accomplishment — unless you include the “fun zone” for kids on his official Senate Web site. Perhaps we could install a “play zone” like they have at McDonald’s in the Senate well to keep Chafee occupied while the real senators go about their business.

When the farrier business proved too taxing for Chafee’s intellect, he went into the family business — politics. His father died in office, and Lincoln was appointed by the governor to serve out the remainder of Pop’s term in the U.S. Senate. (I know Rhode Island is small, but couldn’t they find someone who reads books right side up to fill the seat?) In terms of qualifications for the job, Chafee makes Michael Brown look like Donald Rumsfeld.

Chafee is everything the Democrats like to claim Republicans are, which we are not and they are: silver-spoon morons who get ahead on the basis of family connections (for example, Ned the Red Lamont in Connecticut)....”

[snip]


4 posted on 01/14/2011 7:08:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: MsLady

Each day the polls show Americans do not believe the lies being spread by the DEMS/MEDIA....and that seems to be angering the DEMS/MEDIA more.


5 posted on 01/14/2011 7:08:40 AM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
calling then-Senator Chafee a "half-wit."

Ann gives Chafee 50% too much credit.

6 posted on 01/14/2011 7:08:40 AM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I plead guilty. I am vitriolic... and Chaffee’s stupid ban is unconstitutional. He can’t censor viewpoints he doesn’t like.

Let’s hear it for liberal civility!


7 posted on 01/14/2011 7:09:02 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Chaffe needs to put on his man panties and face the fact that he’s a public figure who says a lot of half witted crap. Its no surprise he takes some heat for it.


8 posted on 01/14/2011 7:09:02 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Newspapers and television are more vitriolic and are also profit-driven (though not doing so well at it, the last I saw). Why not just cut out ALL media?

Or is this really just about silencing the voices you don't like? (And no, there's no need to actually answer that, we all know what the answer would be.)

9 posted on 01/14/2011 7:09:21 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

OK, advertisers, let’s start by pulling your ads from MSNBC and Ed schultz, Chris Matthews, Rachel Madcow and Keith Olbermann. More hatred and personal attacks come from those four than any dozen conservative talkshow or Fox commentators.


10 posted on 01/14/2011 7:09:59 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You express a conservative opinion, you get censored.


11 posted on 01/14/2011 7:10:55 AM PST by popdonnelly (Your political opponents want you to shut up.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Anyone that disagrees with liberals is vitrolic?

Glenn Beck is doing an excellent job of exposing the plans and schemes of the various leftists of this country and they're trying to destroy him.

We must defend him at every opportunity even if you don't agree with him 100%.

We cannot let these scum-bags take away our free speech and the right to fight them.

12 posted on 01/14/2011 7:11:03 AM PST by blam
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

People have already been taking his advice.
Look at the dismal epic fail of Air America and how many lib talking heads books have been on best seller lists for any length of time.

We the folks reject constant never ending hate, Gov. Chafee, always have.


13 posted on 01/14/2011 7:11:41 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Y'all had enough, yet?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"The advertisers should shut them down,"

Apparently has never heard of Air America.

14 posted on 01/14/2011 7:12:26 AM PST by IamConservative (Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day. - Truman)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

While we’re taking away freedom of speech, shall we also take away right to life? Let’s make Jodie Foster illegal. That way no other wack-jobs will try to assassinate a president for her.


15 posted on 01/14/2011 7:13:15 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This governor is proof that there is a baseline intelligence below which all liberals exist.


16 posted on 01/14/2011 7:13:56 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No one complains when the Left uses violent, noxious, hateful rhetoric.


17 posted on 01/14/2011 7:14:50 AM PST by popdonnelly (Your political opponents want you to shut up.)
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To: Castigar
Virtually ALL radio is ratings-driven and for-profit! What a...half-wit!

You forget NPR. Which is what liberal half-wits wish all radio could be.

18 posted on 01/14/2011 7:15:01 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Blue Turtle

That’s why they are becoming so shrill. It’s worked for them before. The shriller(is that a word?)and more hysterical they become the more American’s would turn to them. Then came the internet, talk radio, and foxnews. I also think the constant droning on and on, racist this and racist that, by the dems has become a big yawn to a lot of people. A kind of, here they go again.


19 posted on 01/14/2011 7:17:36 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I think our winning the ideological argument is really driving liberals crazy. And it's a collective insanity, as we can now see so clearly how interdependent and tribal they are.

Our dissent is "vitriol" to them because they see their power crumbling to the ground.

We're winning because we now have real-world proof that their ideas are bankrupt, since the One took liberalism off bumper stickers and put it into practice.

20 posted on 01/14/2011 7:18:59 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ann was wrong, the man is not a half wit, he is full blown nut job.


21 posted on 01/14/2011 7:19:42 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: Blue Turtle

I think you could effectively say, this big ship(America) has finally turned. We’ve been heading left for a long, long time. Drip, drip, drip, drip. Finally the dems have taken it to far to fast and people are shocked and fearful. I also think it helped that our economy is in such bad shape. To many sheeple think as long as there personal trough is full, they don’t care what the politicians do.


22 posted on 01/14/2011 7:22:46 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Castigar

How about a list of products that come from Rhode Island?

Then those of us who wish to do so can boycott such products.

When doing such a boycott, make sure that the company that makes that product knows why you are refusing to do business with them.

Chaffee needs to learn something:

Boycotts work both ways.


23 posted on 01/14/2011 7:22:46 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Vitriol
Vitriolic

The fact that Chafee, who is a truly idiotic preppy numbprivates, is using "vitriol," The Word of the Month, demonstrates the unity of purpose of the Left.

It also shows that the Left can 'stay on message' far better than the Right. It also shows that dominance of the MSM by the Left can also mentally unbalance RINOs.

BTW. My proposal that the Constitution be immediately amended to require Delaware and Rhode Island to share 1 Senator, appointed by me and the Flag Officers of my Yacht Club has gone absolutely nowhere. It would have prevented not only the Chaffee Problem, but the Biden Problem, which is a bi-partisan problem. I have received no help from Freepers, either!

The real reason Chaffee left the Farrier's trade is that when he was working on a horses's back legs, no one could find him. He just sort of blended in. Pardon the vitriol.

24 posted on 01/14/2011 7:23:59 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Wanted: 1 Governor, 1 AG, to keep Obama off 1 state ballot in 2012.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Providence Journal is also for-profit isn’t it? Are the local newscasts also for-profit?


25 posted on 01/14/2011 7:24:58 AM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is the kind of guy the RNC loves.


26 posted on 01/14/2011 7:25:39 AM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Leftist skunks have plenty of time on their hands for mischief. They have definitely hurt Glenn Beck as far as advertisers and could do so nationwide to more talk hosts

No advertisers and your show is off the air


27 posted on 01/14/2011 7:26:36 AM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
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To: Kenny Bunk

lol


28 posted on 01/14/2011 7:29:58 AM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"The ban came because talk radio is essentially "ratings-driven, for-profit programming"

Please show me any form of broadcast media that isn't?

29 posted on 01/14/2011 7:30:03 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I have no problem with state employees not spending time on talk radio or tv during working hours.

If appointments are scheduled and approved as public service announcements that is a different story.


30 posted on 01/14/2011 7:31:11 AM PST by Carley (THE MEDIA UNDERSTANDS CREDENTIALS BUT DOES NOT UNDERSTAND PRINCIPLES)
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To: Kenny Bunk

ROFL!

Excellent post.


31 posted on 01/14/2011 7:32:04 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When I was a child and called somone a name I got the “sticks and stones” rhyme. Whatever happened to that?


32 posted on 01/14/2011 7:34:37 AM PST by jonathonandjennifer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

OMG...there’s that evil profit again, whatever shall we do!


33 posted on 01/14/2011 7:35:57 AM PST by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: circlecity
"The ban came because talk radio is essentially "ratings-driven, for-profit programming"

Please show me any form of broadcast media that isn't?

State run media -- ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, (NPR) are all losing viewers (which translates into less they can charge advertisers) while FOX is surging. The left will go down in flames holding hands and singing socialist songs.

34 posted on 01/14/2011 7:38:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: jonathonandjennifer
When I was a child and called somone a name I got the “sticks and stones” rhyme. Whatever happened to that?

It was deemed "mean spirited."

35 posted on 01/14/2011 7:39:37 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (Allhttp://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2122429/posts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Why? Do you think someone explained it to him? LOL.

He really must have done a slow burn when this hit the Internet:

36 posted on 01/14/2011 7:41:46 AM PST by DManA
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When talk radio hosts use harshly divisive language, "The advertisers should shut them down," Governor Lincoln Chafee said this morning.

...but only those on the right, of course.

37 posted on 01/14/2011 7:42:46 AM PST by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Does that mean stations would have chafee’s permission to reject Øbongo’s boob-tube appearances?!


38 posted on 01/14/2011 7:46:19 AM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: dennisw
"They have definitely hurt Glenn Beck"

Personally, I think Glenn Beck has hurt himself...at least it is that way in our household.

As much as we agree with what he speaks about, his presentation and demeanor rub many conservatives the wrong way. He is far too condescending, smug and self-promoting, pretentiuos and our family and many families we know simply refuse to watch his show any longer. We'll just read about the issues later.

39 posted on 01/14/2011 7:46:30 AM PST by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Chafee: Stop paying for vitriolic commentary

Then resign, Chafee

40 posted on 01/14/2011 7:50:37 AM PST by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Chafee’s right - Stop paying for vitriolic commentary - Defund NPR NOW!

Oh. Never mind.


41 posted on 01/14/2011 7:54:01 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: thulldud

“You forget NPR”

No I didn’t. That’s why I said “Virtually”. Also, I think there are some community access stations that aren’t ratings-driven or for-profit.


42 posted on 01/14/2011 7:54:43 AM PST by Castigar
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is he declaring a tax holiday?


43 posted on 01/14/2011 7:56:09 AM PST by MortMan (I am in no mood to be amused! (Ebenezer Scrooge))
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To: ozark hilljilly

One of Providence’s talk stations is WHJJ AM 920, owned by Clear Channel. They have one local talk show in the morning (Helen Glover formerly of Survivor) and then Beck, Rush, Hannity, etc—syndicated by Premiere, which is part of Clear Channel. A few years ago Clear Channel decided to try Air America on AM 920, and the ratings plummeted. The program director declared “the Air America experiment is over” and they went to conservative talk. No doubt most listeners who wanted libtalk could already find it, on taxpayer funded NPR...


44 posted on 01/14/2011 7:56:37 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When talk radio hosts use harshly divisive language,

Dividing whom from whom, exactly, anyway?

45 posted on 01/14/2011 7:57:32 AM PST by paulycy (The Constitution is a Formal Contract. Live up to it or lose your job, Congress.)
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To: raccoonradio
No doubt most listeners who wanted libtalk could already find it, on taxpayer funded NPR...

The libs have all of TV, which has a much larger audience than radio.

46 posted on 01/14/2011 7:57:39 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Castigar
No I didn’t. That’s why I said “Virtually”.

Which means, nobody listens to them, so they might as well not be there.

Works for me.

47 posted on 01/14/2011 8:10:52 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Providence Journal? AP will pick this up soon as it fits their template.


48 posted on 01/14/2011 8:11:21 AM PST by altura
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
conservative commentator Ann Coulter wrote a column, "They shot the wrong Lincoln," and calling then-Senator Chafee a "half-wit."

Ann was being much too generous here....Chafee's a quarter-wit at best.
49 posted on 01/14/2011 8:16:03 AM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: rottndog; Cincinatus' Wife
It is well known in New England that there has not been a functioning brain in the Chaffee gene pool since the Civil War. However in general, the people of Rhode Island just ain't right, as a "conversation" with any of the natives will quickly demonstrate. It's got to be something in 'Gansett Beer, or the drinking water.

I pray that some day they come to their senses and let Buddy Cianci run the whole state.

He too, is one tomato short of a salad, but he certainly did an excellent job with Providence, personal peccadillitos aside.

50 posted on 01/14/2011 8:35:14 AM PST by Kenny Bunk (Wanted: 1 Governor, 1 AG, to keep Obama off 1 state ballot in 2012.)
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