I’m always flattered that Jeff Pelline thinks highly enough of my opinions to quote me in his blog. Last night I whipped out a little comment over at Russ Steele’s that caught his eye…”It seems funny to me that these folks are going to boycott a radio station that they never listen to and don’t know who sponsors what unless someone tells them.” I was talking about the latest jihad against Rush Limbaugh and efforts to remove him from KNCO.
I have to admit that I’m one of the uninformed. I rarely ever listen to AM radio anymore. For awhile, I put KNCO on my truck radio so I could listen to Rush for “journalistic purposes”, but I would get so angry that I had to go back to KVMR or be involved in some horrible road rage incident. I’m not a fan, and am guilty of creating my own lampoon(s) of Blubberlips’ recent faux pas.
Be that as it may, I understand that Rush does have an audience and that the income that he provides probably goes a long way in keeping the employees of KNCO fed and housed. That’s okay by me. I’m a strong proponent of free speech, being in the business of it myself.
Therefore, I get a little nervous when one side or the other starts talking about boycotts and censoring unpopular thoughts and words. I am mindful of those jobs that could be lost in an already shaky economy, just so someone can feel good about their superior ideology. And I do appreciate KNCO.
Those of you who have lived here “too long” as Jeff puts it, may remember the 49er fire. It was the worst disaster to hit Nevada County in my lifetime. In those days, KVMR was still in its infancy, with little resources, and KNCO was the dominant news source on the airwaves. When the fire started moving toward the populated areas, it was KNCO that had multiple remote units in the field reporting on the fire’s progress. Every radio in the county was tuned to the station as we all shuddered in fear of being in the path of the conflagration. Some reported while the fire burned around them to keep us informed. It was local radio at its finest.
Now a different kind of fire consumes us. There are some who wish to stamp out the voices that irritate them. Rush, of course, is at the top of the list, but there are some who would like to see George Rebane banished from the pages of The Union and his two minute commentaries on KVMR. They will tell you that they are not opposed to opposing views, they just want those opposing views to be more in line with their own. They want a compliant opposition that doesn’t get too uppity, if I may use that obviously bigoted term.
I, for one, want to hear those voices. I want to know what they really think, even if it offends me. I’m not afraid of them, as I am able to make up my own mind without someone telling me what I should be thinking. Here’s what John Steinbeck said about the mob mentality, from “In Dubious Battle”…
I want to watch these group-men, for they seem to me to be a new individual, not at all like single men. A man in a group isn’t himself at all, he’s a cell in an organism that isn’t like him any more than the cells in your body are like you. I want to watch the group, and see what it’s like. People have said, ‘mobs are crazy, you can’t tell what they’ll do.’ Why don’t people look at mobs not as men, but as mobs? A mob nearly always seems to act reasonably, for a mob.