California: Clear Channel Bows To Allah, Muzzles KSTE’s ‘Armstrong & Getty’ For Promoting Freedom Of Speech And Expression
In the mind of Clear Channel, when Barack Obama stated that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” he must have inadvertently neglected to begin his statement with “starting today.” Now, after promoting the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and expression, the future of popular KSTE radio hosts Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty is, well, not so clear …
By Cynthia Hubert, The Sacramento Bee – “Popular talk radio show hosts Armstrong & Getty were absent from Clear Channel’s live programming Tuesday amid controversy around one of the hosts’ on-air comments about Muslims.
KSTE (650 AM) aired a previously recorded ‘Best Of’ morning show on Tuesday instead of its regularly scheduled live program featuring Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty. Officials for the Sacramento station and its owner, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, offered no explanation for the change, sparking questions and heated comments among fans on the show’s Facebook page.
During an on-air discussion Monday, Armstrong criticized the United States for what he characterized as apologizing for a crude YouTube video that mocked the Prophet Muhammad and sparked anti-U.S. uprisings around the globe. He urged listeners to make their own ‘anti-Muhammad ads’ and post them to Al-Jazeera, the Arabic news network. ‘We need to bombard them with ads until they grow up,’ he said.
Armstrong did not return a phone message from The Bee on Tuesday, and Clear Channel spokesman Dave Milner said, ‘We do not have any information at this time’ about the hosts and their future at KSTE.
The program, which airs weekday mornings, features the hosts taking calls from the public and offering social commentary and humorous anecdotes about everything from celebrity sex to politics.
The show’s fans spoke out on Armstrong & Getty’s Facebook page Tuesday, questioning why they were absent from the live broadcast and accusing the channel of censorship.” Read more.
Tip of the hat to Kurt J. for the link …
No Future for ‘Those Who Slander the Prophet’? – “So, what are we to make of the President of the United States speaking before the United Nations and declaring: ‘The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam…’ What does it mean, ‘the future must not belong to’ a particular group? Does it mean these people won’t be around in the future? That in the future, their viewpoint will be marginalized? Out of style? Unpopular? Suppressed? That sometime between now and ‘the future,’ they will have changed their mind? That at some point in the future, no one will feel like slandering the prophet of Islam? Is the First Amendment still in effect in this envisioned future, or has it been rewritten or modified on this topic? How does ‘the future’ belong to one group instead of another?” Read more.