Rev. Al Sharpton Wants FCC To Ban Rush Limbaugh
December 8, 2010 at 4:31 AM (PT)
The FCC doesn't regulate content beyond indecency and children's TV programming requirements, but Rev. AL SHARPTON wants the Commission to stop RUSH LIMBAUGH, and he's telling media outlets that he will meet with the FCC next week to demand that the PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS host be removed from the airwaves.
SHARPTON, a syndicated talk show rival of LIMBAUGH's, told MSNBC's ED SCHULTZ, another LIMBAUGH rival, "We're going to see the FCC next week. We're not going to stand by and let publicly regulated radio and television just go for marketing and promoting this kind of racism.... (LIMBAUGH) has the right to say whatever he wants to say, he does not have the right to do it, though, on publicly regulated airwaves. The FCC has the responsibility to set standards, to say the public cannot be offended based on their race or their gender in this country and use federally regulated airwaves that they give licenses to that are very competitive and the FCC is very selective based on standards."
"What they should do is they should establish what is the guidelines where you go over the top," SHARPTON said. "You can't say in the name of free speech, you can say anything you want when you can't do anything else you want on radio stations and on television stations.... We're not talking about stopping free speech, we're talking about if FCC is very cautious and deliberate in who they give licenses to... they can clearly say that part of that has to be that you're not taking part in the public and playing off against one another, and we give you a license to do it. So we're not telling Rush don't say what he wants to say, say it at home, don't get on publicly regulated radio and television that are selectively given licenses and do it to offend people because of their race or their gender."