Posted Apr 09, 2004 in Media.
Clear Channel Communications has permanently removed shock jock Howard Stern from the air, after the FCC fined Clear Channel $495,000 for indecent content. I cannot understand how this action can possibly be in the FCC's mandate. Surely it is a violation of the First Amendment? Let me remind you of the text:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
I feel as if civil liberty is being infringed all the time now. First Amendment rights are being ignored with this latest revelation, and with the attempt by those in power to exert religious control; and some of our freedoms have been taken away from us by the Patriot Act. Is anyone else finding all this a little bit scary?