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ABC shut down blogger who criticized violent rhetoric on one of its radio stations
The mainstream media have yet to report on the story of a blogger whose website was shut down after he began spotlighting inflammatory rhetoric common to several talk radio hosts on KSFO, an ABC Radio-owned station in San Francisco.
Summary: The mainstream media have yet to report on the story of a blogger whose website was shut down after he began spotlighting inflammatory rhetoric common to several talk radio hosts on KSFO, an ABC Radio-owned station in San Francisco.
In 2006, a blogger named Spocko began spotlighting inflammatory rhetoric common to several talk radio hosts on KSFO, an ABC Radio-owned station in San Francisco. Spocko compiled a litany of examples on both his weblog, Spocko's Brain, and in numerous letters to corporations advertising on KSFO. He noted that KSFO hosts had claimed to have put "a bull's-eye" on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), advocated hanging various New York Times editors, called for the murder of millions of Muslims, and so on. This letter-writing campaign apparently got results, as major advertisers such as MasterCard, Bank of America, and Visa reportedly pulled their ads from the station. But as numerous blogs have noted in recent days, on December 21, ABC Inc., a subsidiary of the Disney-ABC Television Group, apparently issued a cease-and-desist letter targeting Spocko and his blog for copyright violation. Specifically, ABC alleged that by posting brief audio clips of various talk radio hosts on KSFO, the site was "in clear violation" of the station's copyright. The letter demanded that the owner of the site "remove the content immediately." Soon after, according to Spocko, his Internet service provider shut down his blog.
But while this story has received widespread coverage in the blogosphere, the mainstream media have yet to report on it.
In the past year, Media Matters for America has documented several inflammatory statements by KSFO hosts Melanie Morgan and Brian Sussman (here, here, and here). On his blog, Spocko featured numerous additional examples by these and other KSFO personalities, such as Lee Rodgers and Officer Vic. Spocko also wrote to KSFO's corporate sponsors calling their attention to these statements. For instance, in a November 20, 2006, letter to telecommunications giant AT&T, he wrote: "Thanks to radio hosts from KSFO your brand is being associated with torturing and killing people."
Everyone has been watching the catastrophe that is the Putsch junta implode in upon itself, and as big and as spectacular as that is, there’s been another development over the past month or so that could have as big an effect on the American political landscape.
For years, the extreme reactionary right, led by crackpot billionaires such as Richard Mellon Scaife and Sun Myung Moon, and fostered by large, power-seeking corporations who were contemptuous of workers and individual rights, such as Disney, Time/Warner and Westinghouse, have spent billions and billions of dollars and devoted millions of manhours to diverting and controlling the public discourse by any means necessary. In an extreme example, Sun Myung Moon has spent three billion dollars out of his own pocket to keep his propaganda vanity project, the Washington Times, afloat. It, in turn, is the “newspaper” most frequently cited by Faux News, and all the various right wing radio and television show hosts whose commercial success floats magically above any actual public demand.
On November 26th, Deborah reported on right wing talk show hostess Melanie Morgan's threatening comments about Nancy Pelosi: “We’ve got a bull’s-eye painted on her big, wide, laughing eyes.” Morgan, whose show airs on ABC affiliate KSFO here in the San Francisco bay area, is a favorite guest on FOX News Channel and is also one of the founders of Move America Forward, an uber-patriotic shill for the Bush administration's ill-conceived and failed war policy. The blog Spocko's Brain decided to take action. With video. The video below is of a report from that aired last night on CBS affiliate KPIX-Channel 5 in San Francisco detailing how Spocko single-handedly and successfully contacted some of KSFO's advertisers and provided them with audio clips of hate speech, resulting in a number of ads being pulled. ABC (owned by squeaky clean Walt Disney Corporation) is trying to stifle Spocko. I expect we'll soon see poor, persecuted Melanie Morgan on FOX News, spewing more hate speech but also whining about how she's been the innocent victim of a coordinated assault by the "loony left wing"! Read More