by Scoobie Davis
Clear Channel Views Me As Politically Incorrect—And I’m Proud!
Does Clear Channel promote independent thought?(click here and here) I had the unpleasant experience of waking up Sunday morning at 3:30 to Clear Channel’s “America At War” radio program. The first thing I heard from the host--a Rush clone from Tampa named Tedd Webb—was that Bill Clinton was treasonous (later he backed up a caller who accused Clinton of giving secrets to the Chinese). Webb, of course, was deifying George W. Bush and slamming the young people at anti-war rallies as anti-American. So I got past the screener and threw him a curve: “Hello, I saw the anti-war rallies in the Westwood area of Los Angeles and I talked to a bunch of the kids and even though I don’t particularly care for their views on anything, I do have to say that at least you kind of know where they stand when it comes to their views on things—unlike George W. Bush who was in favor of the Vietnam War just as long as someone else did the fighting and once he got the position in the Air National Guard, he didn’t bother showing up for the last year and a half of his tour of duty.” I then went on to discuss how Tom Daschle, a man who served his country in uniform, is having his patriotism impugned by a bunch of GOP chickenhawks for speaking the truth about Bush’s failed diplomacy. Unfortunately, the Clear Channel listeners—the people who needed to hear this the most—didn’t hear the last part because Clear Channel cut to a commercial immediately after I slammed Bush (once again, the mute button came in handy). Silencing dissent is par for the course for Clear Channel.