Tags: Boycott, First Amendment, Free Speech, Lincoln Chafee, NewsReal Blog, Public Broadcasting, talk radio, The Concession Stand
by Walter Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is leading a crusade against talk radio. His latest volley is a call for advertisers and consumers to join him in a boycott.
When talk radio hosts use harshly divisive language, “The advertisers should shut them down,” [Chafee] said [Thursday] morning.
Chafee said the solution to the vitriolic rhetoric – which some have linked to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [last] weekend – is for people to stop paying for it, including not buying books from people who use such language(…)
Chafee made national news earlier this week when he announced that he would not go on talk radio and would ban state employees from doing so.
The ban came because talk radio is essentially “ratings-driven, for-profit programming” that was not [an] appropriate use of state employees’ time, Chafee said.
Talk radio is merely a stand in for Chafee’s true bane, his constituents who listen to it.