Sharpton Calls On FCC To Regulate “Radio Racists” Like Limbaugh


sharpton-rush-limbaughThe Rev. Al Sharpton has amplified his calls for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to keep racist content off the airwaves in light of the Arizona shootings.

In a series of recent appearances on cable news, Sharpton has made the case for the FCC to step up its regulation of the airwaves, policing not just curse words and nudity, as it does today, but also rooting out comments that viewers might perceive as racist.

Sharpton has largely focused on conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh in what has amounted to a concerted bid to oust him from the airwaves. Sharpton has singled out Limbaugh’s comments comparing President Obama’s policies to “reparations” as potentially racist.

“We’re not telling Rush don’t say what he wants to say. Say it at home,” Sharpton said in December. “Don’t get on publicly regulated radio and television that are selectively given licenses and do that to offend someone because of their race or their gender.”

Now Sharpton appears to be increasing his demands in light of the Arizona shootings that sparked a national dialogue about the public discourse.

He appeared on MSNBC after the shootings to argue that the FCC should establish a review board and hold public hearings to decide what sort of content might not be suitable for the air.

“We are less than a week away from when we had people sitting together in the House of Representatives talking about civility, with the president [calling] for this nation in the middle of a tragedy … to be more civil,” he said.

In December, Sharpton said he had planned to meet with FCC officials on his proposals, although there are no ex parte filings to suggest that he did. His only filing appears to be a letter advocating for the Comcast-NBC Universal merger as a boon to media diversity, a position broadly panned by other minority advocates.

Despite Sharpton’s efforts, it’s unlikely the FCC has any appetite to bolster its indecency standards, let alone wade into the messy question of what constitutes racism.

Broadcast decency advocates have criticized the commission for, in their view, barely standing up for its authority to scrub nudity and curse words off the air, which has come under fire in a pair of court decisions.

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  1. Hmmmm….

    How many pogroms did Limbaugh start with his words?

    That hands of this anti-semitic scum Sharpton will never be clean from the blood of Yankel Rosenbaum!

  2. Why cant any of you give Sharpton the benifit of the doubt? maybe he is chozer bitshuvah? Do we harbor ill feelings toward those that return to Judasim while their past may have been sinfull and some have even been neo Nazis? No, we forgive them and move forward. Why cant we do the same to Sharpton? When did he offend Jews recently? I know for a fact that he has repented so why all the anger toward him?

  3. The problem that this moron has is that he doesn’t appreciate the free and open exchange of Ideas and opinions.
    Lock up this bum, tax cheat, inciter, arabist!

  4. Eli,

    You know for a fact he repented? How?

    Did he ever publicly apologize for his part in the murder and mayhem of the Crown Heights riots?

    Did he ever contact the Rosenbaum family to make amends?

    He did not! How DARE you stick up for this scum anti-Semite!!!