Little Green Footballs

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Scandalette

The latest LGF scandalette du jour centers on the fact that CBS radio has turned down ads for an anti-terror conference (http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=16690). Charles seethes, whines:


Mainstream media continues acting like over-protective parents, doing their best to keep the American public ignorant and tranquil.

He goes on to excerpt an article from WorldNut Daily that describes the aims of the conference, and lists four 'experts' who have (thus far) agreed to speak.

They are:

  • the creepy-looking Harvey Kushner, who in an interview with David Horowitz' FrontPage Mag mentions, among other things, the popular ultra-right meme that "the Constitution is not a suicide pact," and says that the khat trade in the U.S. is worth $150 billion a year -- a fact that has apparently completely escaped the notice of the DEA;

  • Robert Spencer, whose blog JihadWatch links to LGF -- enough said;

  • Laura Mansfield, whose recent pensées include the following: "Despite the best efforts of some, “one nation under God” remains in our Pledge of Allegiance. 'In God we trust' remains on our currency. "In God is our trust" must remain our national creed if we want to see the final two lines [of the Star-Spangled Banner] perpetrated: “And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave / O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”; and

  • Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese Christian journalist and entrepreneur who -- unlike the others -- is not overtly nutty, but whose links page suggests that she -- like the others -- is interested in only those perspectives on the problem of radical Islam that happen to coincide with her own.


Now before you go leaping to conclusions, it is not this writer's belief that the conference should be somehow suppressed. Far from it. But to insinuate that they have the "right" to advertise on CBS, or anywhere else, is absolutely ridiculous.

Suppose Juan Cole announced a symposium on the progress of the war in Iraq, and invited the likes of Chris Allbritton, Riverbend, and Joshua Morgenstein to share their perspectives. Would it then be Cole's inalienable right to advertise his conference on FOXNews, or Clear Channel radio stations, or LGF blogads?

I think not. Yet Charles and his minions seem to believe that the refusal of CBS radio to accept ads for the "Ministry of Truth" conference -- whose participants, at least so far, run the gamut from far-right to ultra-right -- somehow constitutes "censorship."

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