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Meet the New FCC Boss (Worse than the Old Boss)

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Over at the indispensable Nobody's Business, Rogier van Bakel gives a quick gloss on Kevin Martin, the Bush admin's choice to replace outgoing Federal Communciation Commission honcho Michael Powell:

The White House has asked FCC commissioner Kevin Martin to take the reins from resigning chairman Michael Powell. In terms of the government cracking down on perceived indecency by broadcasters, that'll mean more of the same, just worse.

Bakel notes that Martin wasn't satisfied with fining CBS for Nipplegate; he wanted an investigation of the whole Janet Jackson Super Bowl halftime show.

He concludes:

I caught flak from a couple of readers two days ago when I called U.S. highschool students airheads for believing the government should censor the media. "For crying out loud, these are thirteen- and fourteen-year-olds," wrote one. "Give 'em some time and cut 'em some slack. They'll eventually acquire a modicum of common sense and a bit of historical perspective."

Maybe. Or they might grow up to be the next Kevin Martin, who, at the ripe old age of 38, still doesn't appear to have studied the Bill of Rights all that closely.

Whole thing here.

Reason's Q&A with Powell from our December 2004 ish here.

What the want of a bra reduced us to here.

And the all-time champeen in bizarre overreactions to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, in which National Review columnist Michael Novak declares "a more radically anti-Jewish and anti-Christian assault, embodying the sort of Wagnerian images of pagan disgust and decay that enraptured Hitlerian audiences, would be hard for [the NFL] to produce" and that the league should stage a decade's worth half-time extravaganzas celebrating the founding of the U.S., is here.

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  1. The NRO guys got a little silly with the (judeo)-CHRISTIAN vs. Islam/Libertine leftist paganism (huh?) culture wars in the months after 9/11.

  2. The sun on the meadow is summery warm.
    The stag in the forest runs free.
    But gather together to greet the storm.
    Tomorrow belongs to me.

    The branch of the linden is leafy and green,
    The Rhine gives its gold to the sea.
    But somewhere a glory awaits unseen.
    Tomorrow belongs to me.

    The babe in his cradle is closing his eyes
    The blossom embraces the bee.
    But soon, says a whisper;
    “Arise, arise,
    Tomorrow belongs…”

  3. “a more radically anti-Jewish and anti-Christian assault…that enraptured Hitlerian audiences…”

    So…those of us against censorship, WE’RE the Nazis?!? R-i-i-i-i-i-ght…

  4. Maybe the expected heavy handedness (is that a word?) will hasten the demise of the networks and feed the growth of alternative media that is not under the thumb of the FCC.

  5. I kind of figure that if the kids haven’t seen one before then they don’t know what it is and if they have seen one it don’t make no difference anyway.

  6. Protect the children from female nipples! Outlaw breastfeeding today! And mandate nipple-ectomies for all female children!

  7. a more radically anti-Jewish and anti-Christian assault, embodying the sort of Wagnerian images of pagan disgust and decay that enraptured Hitlerian audiences
    Man, I’d hate to see Novak’s reaction to a woman whipping it out to breastfeed her kid in the middle of a mall, it would be his Kristallnacht.

  8. Dear Michael Novak,

    You are in more dire need of a blowjob than any white man in history.

    Sincerely,

    Pretty Much Everyone

  9. “will… feed the growth of alternative media that is not under the thumb of the FCC.”

    I think it will feed that growth – but that will only feed the FCC’s desire to get more and more of the alternative media under its thumb.

  10. Obvious Novak hasn’t read the Bible. Its full of Yahweh-sponsored orgies. 🙂

    And the guy clearly has NEVER, EVER watched Hitler’s rallies. Paganism my ass. The theme was constantly the values of the “heimat” and ranged all over topics that modern American conservatives would have no problem agreeing with. What’s interesting about Hitler’s speeches in the 1930s – his golden days of public speaking – is how little he talked about Jews and the stranger things associated with Nazi ideology. He was all about preserving German identity, national pride, the family, etc. The ignorance of fucktards like Novak never ceases to amaze me.

  11. You are in more dire need of a blowjob than any white man in history.

    I resemble that remark!

  12. Protect the children from female nipples! Outlaw breastfeeding today! And mandate nipple-ectomies for all female children!

    Because we all know that anything that comes from a woman is very dirty indeed. And should be banished.

    The ignorance of fucktards like Novak never ceases to amaze me.

    fucktard . Is that a word? Lern sum’n new everyday…

  13. smacky,

    What is and is not a word is a fairly fluid thing.

  14. Isn’t Michael Novak a priest, or at least a former priest?

    Not that a priest can’t have a brain, but they do seem to have a way of putting on their asshats when it comes to things like, say, anything remotely sexual.

  15. Not that I haven’t been accused of having my head up my ass half the time, either…

  16. Last I heard, Novak drives a Corvette. Is he compensating for a sexual deficiency?

  17. He doesn’t apparently know much about Wagner, either, the nekulturny bastard.

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