From Broward County in my home state of Florida, Democrats are refusing to put emergency broadcasting on a local radio station because it began airing Rush Limbaugh:
Rush Limbaugh has long been a thorn in the side of liberals, but now, because of him, some Democratic politicians don't even want to join with a local radio station to broadcast hurricane information.
Radio station WIOD, AM 610, has been the official channel for emergency information from Broward County government for the past year. The County Commission, all Democrats, balked at renewing the deal Tuesday, unable to stomach the station also being home to Limbaugh's talk show.
Commissioner Stacy Ritter said she did not want to support a station that's out of step with area politics. Ritter, a Democratic stalwart in the state Legislature before being elected to county office, cited talk shows hosted by Limbaugh and Sean Hannity and WIOD's partnership with Fox News.
"They have every right to speak, but we don't have to do business with them," she said.
Limbaugh has long been a fixture on WIOD, but no county official raised an issue about him or the other shows when the deal was approved for the first time a year ago.
Ken Charles, WIOD's director of AM programming, said the station's talk show lineup has no relationship with its news coverage and that the county should focus on the benefits of teaming with the station.
"It's a shame that people would let politics get in the way of saving lives in a hurricane," Charles said.
Ritter's concerns were echoed by Commissioners Ken Keechl, a former president of the Dolphins gay Democratic club, and Suzanne Gunzburger, who served on the vote-tallying board that recounted the 2000 presidential election.
But Commissioner John Rodstrom, a one-time young Republican leader who later became a Democrat, said the county should not politicize emergency management.
"If we are going to start censoring what people write in the paper or speak on the radio or television, that's a slippery slope," Rodstrom said. "This is necessary. It's something we need to do for emergency response."
Well, at least there's one sane Democrat there, Commissioner Rodstrom. But honestly, that just floors me. Well gee, you're a Republican, so we aren't going to warn you when a hurricane's coming, or some other dire emergency. We don't like Rush Limbaugh so this is your punishment for airing him. Honestly -- only liberals. Funnily enough, if the situation were reversed, you just know that liberals would be howling about how it is censorship, calling the ACLU, and holding massive press conferences whining about how "we need to protect our first amendment rights!".
Ritter says she does not want to support a station "out of touch" with area politics (meaning, of course, her's). What does that have to do with it? Liberals carp on and on about how much they cherish free speech and diversity, but they only mean free speech in the sense that they get to say whatever they want in front of adoring audiences chock full of impressionable college students and fellow Democrats, and only skin deep diversity and never ideological diversity. It's the most hypocritical thing I've ever seen, watching them talk about free speech and censorship. These are the idiots who go on national television and whine -- in front of hundreds of TV cameras -- that liberals are censored and can't get their message out because of evil conservatives. Which is why, if a conservative board of anything ever did something like this, there would be such a fuss raised they'd be hearing about it on the moon.
But... wait... where's the ACLU when liberals try to censor conservatives? Where's the national media scandal over this? Anyone? Anywhere?
Do I hear crickets chirping?
Hat Tip: Newsbusters