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Opie and Anthony Make the News
Posted by: Dale Franks on Thursday, May 10, 2007

Neal Boortz is incensed over yesterday's Opie and Anthony show on XM radio. And, Wired's "Epicenter" blog thinks the show may imperil the XM/Sirius merger. Say's Boortz:
Now before I give you a link...I want to warn you what you’re about to hear is vile, repulsive and disgusting. These two jerks had someone on their show named “Homeless Charlie.” The person was either black or using a black accent. Charlie begins to discuss having sex with Condi Rice. In fact, what he was talking about was raping the Secretary of State. Then, in similarly vulgar terms, he talked about having sex with Laura Bush and the Queen of England. When you click on this link (if the server isn’t slammed by now) you’re going to hear extremely disgusting language … so be prepared. If you can’t handle it, just leave it alone and continue with the rest of the column. OK, here’s the link.

So... how did you like that? Pretty pathetic, wasn’t it? This was the product of two extremely immature and sick people trying to be cute by seeing just how far they can push the envelope.

Now I don’t know what other radio hosts might have to say about this today, but I most certainly have something on my mind, and if you chose to read on you’re going to get an earful.

These two pathetic fools need to be removed from XM satellite radio right now. Today. No suspension. No warning. Fire them. Now.

By the end of the day today you’re going to hear liberals in congress and the media referring to these two morons as talk show hosts. Comparisons will be drawn between them and people like Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and myself. You’ll hear the phrases “hate speech” and “hate radio” over and over again as these leftists push their Stalinist-inspired plans to destroy conservative and libertarian talk radio. By the time the dust has settled the majority of the people in this country—who don’t by the way, listen to talk radio—will absolutely believe in their hearts that this Opie and Anthony stunt is representative of all talk radio, and these people will be eager to support their politicians in their goal to shut us all down.
Full Disclosure: I love Opie and Anthony. I have XM, and I listen to all five hours of their show every day. They broadcast on an XL channel on XM, much the same as Howard Stern does on Sirius, which means it is an uncensored channel which can be blocked by the subscriber. I like the uncensored humor, and I find regular radio simply unlistenable.

Every so often, O&A invite a homeless person into the studio and interview them. As you can imagine, since most homeless people are...unusual characters...it makes for an unusual segment. That was the case yesterday. It wasn't a scripted skit with some character. Charlie is an actual homeless person, who was talking pretty much in the way homeless people do. In this case, Charlie was a person with extreme opinions about everything.

As it happens, I was listening to the segment with "Charlie" yesterday on my way to work. The whole segment with Charlie ran for about 40 minutes, and this brief clip was just one small portion of the segment. Charlie had way more to say. Charlie also ranted about the "Jew landlord" that evicted him from his apartment several years ago, causing his to become homeless. He described how he mugged elderly women for their social security money every month. In fact, Charlie was full of nasty comments about all sorts of things. Charlie was, not to put too fine a point on it, a whackjob.

And, sometimes, it's fascinating to hear what whackjobs talk about.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a tempest in a teapot.

First, the only people who hear this portion of the O&A show are subscribers, i.e., people who pay money to do so. Further, they are listening on an Extreme Language channel, which can be easily blocked by the user. As such, their speech is unregulated, just like HBO or Cinemax.

Second, the idea that anyone could use Opie and Anthony's show as an example of political talk radio is mind-boggling. O&A rarely talk about politics at all. They do a comedy show. I'd say the ratio of politics to d*ck jokes is about 1:100. In fact, as far as politics goes, while Opie calls himself a moderate, Anthony has mentioned repeatedly that he is a Republican. Strong 2nd Amendment guy, too.

But Mr. Boortz is all upset that O&A will get politicians to re-institute the "fairness doctrine" for talk radio, which would for the most part, shut down political talk radio in the United States.

Ironically, O&A wouldn't be affected by the fairness doctrine, because they do comedy—edgy, sometimes raw—but the Fairness Doctrine doesn't cover that.

Boortz continues:
Those of us in talk radio, both broadcast and satellite owe it to our country and to our listeners to rise up in outrage against these disgusting shock jocks and demand their immediate dismissal from XM. If XM doesn’t want to act then we should consider canceling our subscriptions. I’m serious. I mean it.
Yeah. Well. Good luck with that. O&A are by far the most popular show—and have the most popular channel—on XM.

I understand that some humor is too raw for most people. That's fine. If you don't like it...don't listen to it. Don't buy an XM unit, and don't pay 13 bucks a month to listen to it.

You see, the thing is, we allow all sorts of thing on pay services, because they aren't open broadcasts. Now, you might not like that HBO can show men being raped in prison on "Oz", or that your cable operator shows porn on demand. But the answer to that is not to demand that HBO only play "Sleeping Beauty" and "The Sound of Music". The answer is not to subscribe to HBO, or decline to order "College Vixens" on PPV.

What Mr. Boortz is essentially asking for is an environment where people who want to listen to O&A, or Howard Stern, or Ron & Fez, shouldn't be allowed to. He finds their brand of humor unseemly, so he doesn't think anyone should be able to listen to it, even if they're willing to pay to do so through a subscription service.

Well, to Mr. Boortz—and to some of you, who I know agree with him—I say, "Go screw!" If I want to spend my money every month to listen to Opie and Anthony, how 'bout being a good little citizen and let me?

Oh, and by the way, Opie and Anthony defended Mr. Boortz last month, when he popped off after the Virginia Tech shootings on his blog with:
How far have we advanced in the wussification of America? I am now under attack by the left for wondering aloud why these students did so little to defend themselves. It seems that standing in terror waiting for your turn to be executed was the right thing to do, and any questions as to why 25 students didn't try to rush and overpower Cho Seung-Hui are just examples of right wing maniacal bias. Surrender—comply—adjust. The doctrine of the left.
Yeah. I see. The students let themselves be killed because of the ideology of the Left. Whereas, Mr. Boortz, as is well known, would have charged the gunman and disarmed him with his bare hands, thanks to his legendary courage, and conservative ideology.

Huh. And you can believe as much of that as you'd like.

The audio clip from his show in discussing the situation is even sharper.

So, apparently, when Mr. Boortz personally criticizes the VT victims on broadcast radio for not being manly enough to charge an armed killer, that's OK. But when two comedians on a paid subscription service allow a homeless whacko to spout off, well, that's just beyond the pale.
 
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"Whereas, Mr. Boortz, as is well known, would have charged the gunman and disarmed him with his bare hands, thanks to his legendary courage, and conservative ideology."
If someone came in here, Dale, and began asserting your "legendary cowardice", a priori, it would be just exactly as absurd as the swipe that you just took.

I was with you on everything you said, right up until that.

Let me tell you something: it is a fact that there are people in the world — kids, even — who would not simply lay there and wait to be murdered in a situation like that, and no honorable person would play it the way that you just did. There are excellent reasons why we hold the sort of courage that you’re talking about as an ideal. It is not an object of derision, and it is also sorely lacking in America today.

You’re dead wrong, and Boortz is right about this.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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I don’t know much about Opie and Anthony. You want to establish this thing as a free speech issue and something about humor thats fine. I partially agree. What I don’t find cool is that you seem to be ok with their comments. I find it disgusting what he said of Rice. I am pretty lewd and messed up in the head sometimes, but saying insanely malicious and mindless stuff without any moral reservation or regret tells a lot about the insides of a person and those two people have a blackhole for a soul. It may have been harmless, nobody was hurt from what I heard, but if you think it has no meaning or reflection what so ever.....you need to examine your sickening moral relativity and what that means to you as a decent human being.

 
Written By: LePePeLepub
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I think that implicit in this tirade of Neal’s, too, is a comparison to the Imus situation.

And yes, I know we’re dealing with the differences of regular broadcast to XM/Sirius, etc, and that’s true, no argument.

But I wonder if part of the point he’s making isn’t the clear double standard being applied... that there is no reaction whatever from the leftist race baiters that were so loud about Imus, simply because the target was one of the Bush administration. Isn’t Rice black, too? Or is she less black, less entitled, because she’s a Republican?

 
Written By: Bithead
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[quote]If someone came in here, Dale, and began asserting your "legendary cowardice", a priori, it would be just exactly as absurd as the swipe that you just took.

I was with you on everything you said, right up until that.

Let me tell you something: it is a fact that there are people in the world — kids, even — who would not simply lay there and wait to be murdered in a situation like that, and no honorable person would play it the way that you just did. There are excellent reasons why we hold the sort of courage that you’re talking about as an ideal. It is not an object of derision, and it is also sorely lacking in America today.

You’re dead wrong, and Boortz is right about this.[/quote]

I dont think he was taking a swipe at anyone, only saying that he should not judge them is such a way that he did, not everyone reacts the way they may hope to in such situations. Yes we should inspire such courage, but you will never know your own strength till your in such a situation, and sometimes its just too late.
 
Written By: josh b
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One guy, the JROTC corps guy, did actually attempt to tackle him, so the meme that ’nobody tried’ is false. I’m not sure any of us really know the circumstances in that room and the speed of which it happened, and we don’t get ’do overs’ in these sorts of things.

I do, however, believe that we are lacking in, large part, the moral fortitude and courage to know how to react in situations such as this. As a nation, we are simply too comfortable in our existence to even understand how to encounter a life threatening situation. Sure there are some, but like this ROTC guy, one unarmed ‘sheepdog’ can’t stand up to a ‘wolf’ that has the benefit of assured asymmetrical force, and the advantage of not needing to follow the rules. The ‘rules’ in situations like this don’t generally protect; the rules just give us the false sense of protection.

Really, though it’s no wonder this nation is full of crazies. We find stuff like A&O ’fascinating’, and frankly shows like this are little more than a form of porn, in my opinion — voyeurism of the crazed and unstable. However, recognize: those things we dwell on, we become. As much as it loathes me to say it, in some small way Cho was right, not in his killing of course, but in his grievance.
 
Written By: Buddy
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If someone came in here, Dale, and began asserting your "legendary cowardice", a priori, it would be just exactly as absurd as the swipe that you just took.
Well, I tell you what, Billy. When Neal Boortz has tried to take down a killer in the teeth of withering gunfire, then, maybe he can criticize others for not doing so. When you’ve done it, maybe you can, too.

Whatever the ideal of courage is, until you’re actually staring down the barrel of a gun, you don’t know jack about how you, personally will react.

Mr. Boortz is implicitly asserting that he’d have tried to kick the gunman’s ass. He simply can’t know that, and asserting it when he’s never been, and is not likley to be, in such a life-threatening situation, is pure bombast.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
Let me tell you something: it is a fact that there are people in the world — kids, even — who would not simply lay there and wait to be murdered in a situation like that...
Yeah. There are. And we don’t know who they are until the situation actually happens. Talk like that engaged in by Mr. Boortz is cheap.
..no honorable person would play it the way that you just did.
Wrong. No honorable person would would make the criticisms that Mr. Boortz did.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
Now before I give you a link...I want to warn you what you’re about to hear is vile, repulsive and disgusting
Oh please. I was laffing my head off when it aired.

It’s a PAY channel....there isn’t even a FCC hook to hang this idiocy on

Hoo-hoo Howie must be behind the kerfuffle
 
Written By: shark
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Second, the idea that anyone could use Opie and Anthony’s show as an example of political talk radio is mind-boggling. O&A rarely talk about politics at all. They do a comedy show. I’d say the ratio of politics to d*ck jokes is about 1:100. In fact, as far as politics goes, while Opie calls himself a moderate, Anthony has mentioned repeatedly that he is a Republican. Strong 2nd Amendment guy, too.
As a matter of fact, some caller sent them into a 40 minute segment where they were ragging on Bush the other day.

There’s no way in hades someone could credibly paint them as the face of conservative talk radio
 
Written By: shark
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You are correct that this is a subscription station and if people don’t like it then don’t subscribe. However, that overlooks the coarsening and corrosive effect it has on society as it inevitably seeps into everyday life. To think that this type of discussion will remain solely in that sphere is naive at best.
 
Written By: tom scott
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No honorable person would would make the criticisms that Mr. Boortz did.
No honorable person would listen to the O&A show, based on your description, in my opnion.

That’s a value judgement.

Go pound sand, yours isn’t more valid than his.

Boortz can validly say what likes, including calling for O&A to lose their XM contract.

’Course, if you’re right that they’re that popular, they’ll just raise capital, buy airtime (or sell pdocasts), and go like gangbusters.

Boortz has a right to b!tch to XM about the POS aholes XM gives a platform to, and XM gets to decide if the heat is worth the money. You get to call XM—or whatever—and ask them to ignore the heat.

Jeez. Why is this hard?

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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The funny thing is Dale, Neal Boortz is a LIBERTARIAN! My point being whilst you’re busy writing:
Whereas, Mr. Boortz, as is well known, would have charged the gunman and disarmed him with his bare hands, thanks to his legendary courage, and conservative (emph. added) ideology.
You might want to listen or read him from time-to-time before you start nattering on about him being "Conservative." Or have you become the new arbiter of things "libertarian?" So just come on down off that there high horse, pahd’nuh.

In fact, your whole knock on Boortz seems a bit of a non-sequitur, "Look how he talked about Va. Tech., what gives him the right to ’knock O&A?’" Well I don’t know his was a commentary, with which I disagree, about a factual event, whilst O&A are simply airing some crazed, homeless dude’s anti-Semitic, misogynist rant...I don’t know Dale, I see a little difference, I don’t see why you don’t.

That having been said I thought it a silly thing for him to write. It’s basically a call for self-censorship, "Be careful what you say or the Government will regulate us." That’s classically the "Chilling Effect."

And I have a real doubt:
1) Anyone is going to hold up O&A as Conservative Radio (some have already mentioned); and
2) Any regulation is going to go any where, after all as you say, a) you pay $13 a month for this dreckh and b) it’s on a selected channel on an already premium communication system, so really who is being offended? If I pay $13 a month to be offended do I REALLY have recourse to the law?

Still Boortz has every right to ask for their removal. Just like I have every right to ask your partners to remove YOU! Whether either happens or not is something else.

Bottom-Line: Just ’cuz YOU like O&A doan mean the rest of us have to, and if we’d like to see’em booted, it’s our right....I just don’t expect to see them gone anytime soon, that is until their ratings drop and THEN they’ll get the axe for their offensive language.

 
Written By: Joe
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I subscribe and I love listening to O & A. I don’t love everything they do or say (some stuff is just stupid) but before we start reducing our entertainment to school level (one person doesn’t like it so no one can listen), watch out what will happen to Boortz and others with this slippery slope mentality.

Frankly I think Boortz is a drone but others seem to love him.
Maybe I should demand Boortz get canned or I can start filtering the airwaves tto be the way I want them.

Enough -if you don’t like it- Don’t listen to it.

Its a great concept that enabled our country to prosper.
 
Written By: Jim from MIddle GA
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I listen to XM about 4-6 hours/day. Great music channels. I choose what I listen to, just as I choose what to eat, what to wear, ie what I spend my money on. I don’t listen to rap crap, I don’t watch the stupid box, and I don’t vote for Democrats. Some people listen to the O&A show, I don’t. So what’s the problem? Shutting down O&A for their bad taste is no different than shutting down Sharpton for his stupidity. Let them all rant. Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.
 
Written By: Paul
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Hmmm. From his site:
Condi Rice is a Republican. Laura Bush is a Republican. Let’s sit back and see if race pimps Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have anything to say about this. I fact, let’s see if CNN spends an entire day dwelling on this as they did on the Imus matter.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Ok I’ve thougth on it and this is my take:
1) O&A were stoopit for doing it
2) Boortz was stoopit to argue like he did
3) Dale was stoopit to object to Neal’s stoopit argument about O&A’s stoopit idea.

There’s a whole lot of stoopit going around...and when I point that finger, I know four are pointing back, so let me say, "I KNOW Stoopit."
 
Written By: Joe
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Sheesh... I love the way supposed conservatives and libertarians are so quick to add conditional statements to the 1st amendment. Things like "I support freedom of speech, BUT..." and "I’m usually not in favor of governmental regulation. However..."

Just keep calling for more censorship... you’re no better than the liberals.
 
Written By: Acrolite
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Joe:
You might want to listen or read him from time-to-time before you start nattering on about him being "Conservative." Or have you become the new arbiter of things "libertarian?" So just come on down off that there high horse, pahd’nuh.
I’m not familiar with Boortz myself, but Wikipedia’s page on Neolibertarianism says, "Another example would be Neal Boortz, who describes himself as a neolibertarian."
Huh. Interesting.
 
Written By: Bryan Pick
URL: http://www.qando.net
When Neal Boortz has tried to take down a killer in the teeth of withering gunfire, then, maybe he can criticize others for not doing so. When you’ve done it, maybe you can, too.
This is completely illogical and essentially is just another version of the chickenhawk slur. It is not necessary to for someone to have been in the exact same situation as someone else in order to express a critical opinion of their actions.
Whatever the ideal of courage is, until you’re actually staring down the barrel of a gun, you don’t know jack about how you, personally will react.
That’s quite true, and worth pointing out to anyone criticizing the actions of people who are in life or death situations. But noting this weakness of their argument is far different from saying they aren’t allowed to have an argument at all. And the mere fact that they don’t know how they’d react themselves, doesn’t necessarily negate their criticism of others.
 
Written By: DavidC
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It seems that standing in terror waiting for your turn to be executed was the right thing to do, and any questions as to why 25 students didn’t try to rush and overpower Cho Seung-Hui are just examples of right wing maniacal bias. Surrender—comply—adjust. The doctrine of the left.
This sounds like what the Jewish community did in Nazi Germany before being hauled off to concentration camps. They learned a valuable lesson "Never Again"
Those of us in talk radio, both broadcast and satellite owe it to our country and to our listeners to rise up in outrage against these disgusting shock jocks and demand their immediate dismissal from XM. If XM doesn’t want to act then we should consider canceling our subscriptions. I’m serious. I mean it.

I expect you satellite radio has an off switch and an option to change channels. If you don’t like what you are hearing use one of them. No one is holding a gun to your head forcing you to listen to something you hate. Just don’t force your taste on me. It’s none of your business.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
URL: http://faroutfishfiles.blogspot.com/
Gotta admit, I think Boortz is coming off as a wuss. He’s not so angry that O&A allowed a homeless person to say offensive things so much as he’s afraid of how it can hurt him and his fellow talk-radio hosts. Yet another radio guy looking out for himself.

Of course, this guy is a freaking moron because he doesn’t realize that throwing Imus, O&A etc overboard where there aren’t even any FCC pegs to hang the issue on is more damaging than he can ever imagine.

Not very libertarian on this issue
 
Written By: shark
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Of course, this guy is a freaking moron because he doesn’t realize that throwing Imus, O&A etc overboard where there aren’t even any FCC pegs to hang the issue on is more damaging than he can ever imagine.
Hmmm. (sigh)

Well, Shark, here’s where you and I part company.

The part of the issue that you don’t account for, is that while you, I, and presumably Boortz, consider that there’s a limit to the power of Congress in the matter, the Democrats in Congress cleary do not. HR3302 is part of the deal.

But the rest of it is the extension of such control to satalite broadcasts... and trust me, if there’s a way that can be found to extend such control to the congress, through the FCC, it’ll happen with Democrats in control. I don’t doubt that such control will, eventually be had as broadcasting as we know it gets taken over by satalite technology, or by other technology that we can’t even see yet.. technology that according to our current view, doesn’t work within the confines of the "public property" em spectrum. (A falacy which, by the way was originally offered under the presidency of FDR... which ought to tell us something...)

And as a cautionary, I’d suggest that power grab might well be accomlished with the argument that regardless of what else satalite broadcasts are, they still utilize the EM spectrum, though in a different way... getting the signal from the ground to the bird and back to the reciver... the difference between this and terrestrial radio is a matter of degree. And consider the degree of control the FCC already exierts over cable systems, which do not involve use of the open EM spectrum at all...

Inofar as all that, Boortz may have a legit point.

Where I think Boortz errs is that this is the tool to allow them to so extend that control.

See... I don’t see the Democrats being all that concerned about verbal attacks on Condi Rice or any other Republican, as I’ve said, and I think if anything, this situation is best considered an object lesson in double standards, for whom it is that gets protected by the outrage of the left, and who does not, even though they’re the same minority.
 
Written By: Bithead
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There’s no way in hades someone could credibly paint them as the face of conservative talk radio
How many times did you hear Don Imus referred to as right-wing during that kerfuffle? I heard it a bunch of times and it is easily as absurd as referring to O&A as "right wing." Hell, 2 posts up LANNY DAVIS is referred to as a freaking Republican shill!!!

Boortz is right to fear the return of the Fairness Doctrine. The Dems clearly want it, are setting the stage for it, and have managed to hang on to enough of the Supreme Court to support it once they get it.

Plus, for those of you who are saying this is not very "libertarian" of Boortz, exactly where does he call for government intervention? Or are you the sort of feckless "libertarians" that somehow believe everything would just be hunky-dory in human society if we could just all learn to ignore everything short of someone threatning us with a chainsaw?
 
Written By: Terry
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Boortz is not just blaming the victims of the killings for their own deaths, rather classlessly. He’s also singling out "the ideology of the left" as directly responsible for the killings. Those of us on the left, if we cared enough, could probably sue him for slander and win.

I’m not sure there’s a qualitative difference between blaming murder victims for their own murder, and between hosting someone who spouts off deranged, sicko violent fantasies. There may be, but they seem to be in the same league of insensitivity, indifference to abuse, and malice.

I don’t know if O & M should be canned - I wasn’t sure Imus should be canned either. But I think that sick fuc*s who broadcast that stuff so other people can laugh are a cancer on society.

 
Written By: glasnost
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He’s also singling out "the ideology of the left" as directly responsible for the killings.
Yes, he is. And correctly so. After all, who was it who disarmed them?

 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
"They do a comedy show."

Right. When I heard that link, I laughed till I wet my pants. I can only imagine how much funnier 40 more minutes of that would be.
 
Written By: timactual
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All you ppl out there that think you know whats right and wrong with the world need to wake up!!
I’ve only been listening for about a year and my station never leaves 202 O&A’s channel! WAKE UP YOU BUCH OF DRAMA LOVING DI**S....just because your afraid you "mom", "kids", etc. may hear the show or you think things talked about are immorale shouldn’t mean that the rest of us who enjoy the show should suffer....WE DO PAY OUR $ TO DO SO...why not destroy them like IMUS? Dumba**es.....get the cobb outta your a*s and shut the f**k up. They talk bout god and I DON’T LIKE IT when they do that but you know what ....ITS THEIR PERROGATIVE AND WE PAY THEM FOR IT!!!!! Besides it would be kinda funny to watch a homeless guy bang ole bush’s peice.Anyway as for OPIE & ANTHONY n lil JIMMY too F**KIN ROCK ON .....FRUNKKKKKKKKKKIS lol d**n made up language....hey jimmy got a definition for that yet.......LOVE O&A ..CENSORS s**k A**!!!
 
Written By: Kenny N
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Well, I guess we now know the demographic O&A are attracting.
 
Written By: timactual
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There is nothing magical about paid TV or radio that prevents politicians from stepping in and seizing control of content. When the law is finally passed that gives the FCC the power to regulate what the political class deems to be "offensive content" on cable television and satellite radio, you "but it’s a subscription service and you can block it" can go tell your story to a federal judge somewhere. Good luck.
Uh huh.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Maybe with all this publicity, Homeless Charlie
(who was on their show for the first time) will be able to get a house again.They can’t go after the race issue because it was a black man saying it. I didn’t find it offensive at all, It was downright hilarious and I want homeless Charlie on to read the news every week( He was doing his version of the news by the way) I love O&A and I will cancel my XM immediately if they fire my guys. I don’t think I could go a day without Lil’ Jimmy-or Steve.LOL!
If you don’t want to hear it, don’t listen.
Why isn’t Rosie fired yet? Her stupid ching-chang-chong comments she made on the view,and blaming the Bush administration with a conspiracy of blowing up world trade #7. COME ON!!!
Rape isn’t funny though. Unless you are raping a clown!
 
Written By: Heather
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Why isn’t Rosie fired yet?
Well, so much for getting your news from Homeless Charlie.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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"It was downright hilarious and I want homeless Charlie on to read the news every week( He was doing his version of the news by the way"

I bet you find the Special Olympics hilarious, too.
 
Written By: timactual
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Neal Booooooooortz...what a douche. Bravo Mr. Franks.
 
Written By: Reed
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I’m so angry right now that XM pussies suspended O&A over this bullsh*t. THEY ARE ON A F*CKING XL (Explicit Language) CHANNEL FOR CHRISTS SAKE!!! I want to know WHO was listening to it that got offended and CRIED about it rather than changing to one of the other 100 or so channels on XM.... that person/group of people should be beaten mercilessly everyday for the rest of their lives for being such self-promoting f*cks. If this suspension turns into a Firing I will cancel my XM immediately. I hope XM realizes the mistake they are making and APOLOGIZE TO OPIE AND ANTHONY FOR THIS.
 
Written By: O&A Fan
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It is a paid service and people pay to hear what cannot be aired on terrestrial radio. Channels using explicit language can also be blocked at the request of customers.

I’m sorry for those of you whom yearn for the 1950’s to return. Wake up. This is the reality of society. If you want the media/"entertainment" to show decency, then go after the media whom repeatedly reported that students from VT were appalled and sickened by the contents aired, yet continued to show the disturbing contents for better ratings.

Society is hypocritical, just face it. The people claiming to care about the effects of the media are hypocrites. The people claiming to represent the part of community that is being victimized by "free speech" are often glamorizing the issue to showcase themselves. We all have these "dirty" thoughts and most people would be amused at the humor of the sexual content. However, the content becomes more important because the targeted object happens to be famous. Maybe if the sexual comments were made about the girl next door or if it was aired during the graveyard shift it wouldn’t be so controversial. Or maybe if people realized that this is a comedy show to entertain people that paid to be entertained, this wouldn’t be such a big issue.
 
Written By: Kristine
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The problem with this whole thing is that XM has advertised that program as "raw, uncut, extreme" and then they made O n A apologize for what was said. Do they have the right to as their employers? Yes. But that’s where the issue really began. They have been saying things since day one that offends people. What went over the air last week was nothing new. So why ask them to apoligize now? It’s what they were hired for. Edgy shocking stuff that many think is funny. XM looks like the wussies on this one. Why not support the program and the talent you hired? Of course Opie was going to go off about being censored after he stewed and thought about it. Of course they would go on the air and mention that were pissed. Becasue they were hired to do a certain type of show and they get slapped in the face. How can either side of this come back together again?? That’s what sucks for loyal listeners. This channel is billed as XL and even plays spots telling you extreme language is spoken there. But all of sudden it’s not allowed, based on a homeless dude’s thoughts. And you know what....rape isn’t funy. But hearing a worthless piece of nothingness dude talk about his sexual fantasies was DAMN FUNNY!!! Get over yourself Bortz!!! None of it was serious. Go listen to Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Carlos Mencia, and many others. Offensive talk is in the eye of the beholder. And we have every right in this country to listen to what we want. Especially when we pay for it.
 
Written By: Cletus
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I thought the bit with homeless Charlie was rather amusing. To suspend O&A over something they didn’t say is absurd, especially on a service I pay to listen to.

Mr. Boortz should realize that people are free to change the channel at any point they are offended by what they are listening to. It’s why I change the channel if I accidently stumble upon the drivel of Mr. Boortz.

I cancelled my subscription to XM, as many listeners have, because I’m offended by XM’s actions in suspending O&A. I’ll just listen to my mp3 player for music, and for the bland comedy that Mr. Boortz would endorse, I can always listen to my local station with Ramone & Frunkis in the morning, and afternoon drive with Steve from Yellowstone.
 
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