Wesley Clark gets it right

Amid the uproar over Rush Limbaugh's resignation from ESPN due to accusations of racist commentary about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donavan McNabb, many talking heads on television defending Limbaugh have trotted out the First Amendment defense. According to this article, Rush himself said "that he was exercising his free-speech rights in calling McNabb overrated."

However, this is not a First Amendment/free speech issue. Even if ESPN had fired Limbaugh instead of him resigning before they had a chance to, there is no 'suppression of free speech' here. Two private parties, ESPN and Limbaugh, had a voluntary relationship. Either one can terminate that relationship and go its separate way. There is no 'censorship' involved. Wesley Clark got it right when he said:

There can be no excuse for such statements. Mr. Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he wants, but ABC and ESPN have no obligation to sponsor such hateful and ignorant speech.

Whether or not Limbaugh's statement was 'hateful' is another matter, but Clark is absolutely right that ABC and ESPN have no obligation to keep Limbaugh on the payroll if they do not like what he said.

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In this instance everything

In this instance everything worked out without any government intervention. But what if ESPN/ABC did not force Limbaugh to resign? What if instead they gave him a better timeslot? I wonder if Wesley Clark or any other candidate would expect the FCC to impose fines on ESPN.

But what if ESPN/ABC did not

But what if ESPN/ABC did not force Limbaugh to resign? What if instead they gave him a better timeslot? I wonder if Wesley Clark or any other candidate would expect the FCC to impose fines on ESPN.

So you're saying that if ESPN/ABC had given Limbaugh more airtime as a result of his statements, then government should step in and fine ESPN/ABC?

I don't think the FCC should

I don't think the FCC should step in if ABC rewards poor judgement (i.e. Rush)

I was simply curious if things did not get resolved so quickly what Clark's stand would be? No one cares what Clark says about this situation because its just a blip. But if ABC did not react quickly and the situation became bigger than it did. The Democratic Party's constitutents would likely want the FCC to do something. Just a guess.

I GOT OFF THE CLARK

I GOT OFF THE CLARK BANDWAGON, WHEN THE GENERAL SAID THE POLITICALLY CORRECT THING ON THE LIMBAUGH ISSUE..WHAT ESPN DID WAS NO DIFFERENT THAN THE MOVIE MOGULS BLACKLISTING JOHN GARFIELD AND OTHERS. LIMBAUGH SHOULD HAVE HAD THE RIGHT TO BE WRONG ON THE MCNABB ISSUE, BUT THAT'S NO LONGER THE CASE..

REMEMBER, WE HAVE THE GOOD REVEREND HYPOCRITE, JESSE JACKSON DOING A TV SHOW ON CNN, AFTER HE CALLED NEW YORK CITY, "HYMIETOWN." That, I GUESS,
WASN'T AN ANTI SEMITIC COMMENT, NOW WAS IT?

I WONDER WANT GENERAL CLARK, WOULD HAVE SAID ABOUT THAT INNANE COMMENT.