L. Bird pkeets at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 21 02:31:25 CDT 2004

>but isn't it freedom of speech to ban someone from ever performing there 

Like MC says, this amendment means the government isn't supposed to dictate 
what you can say and what you can't, but it doesn't protect you from the 
responses you get from other people who are also exercising their freedom of 
speech or expression or whatever.  There was a huge uproar over "freedom of 
speech" on Pete's first BB, for example, but it's Pete's board and his right 
to close it if he doesn't like the content.  There's no way you could twist 
the law to say he has to keep it open and accept content he doesn't like.  
But if he accepted a government subsidy to keep it open, then he's required 
to accept all comers and what they have to say.

I admit there's a question about the FCC using fines to censor artistic 
expression.  Even if if the fines are supposed to be in response to 
complaints, this is still a case of a government board penalizing artists 
for what they say or do.  How many people watched the SuperBowl, for 
example?  Ninety million?  And how many complaints did they get about 
Jackson?  500,000, they said--that's about .6 percent.  How can they say 
they're enforcing community standards by fining CBS based on the number of 


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