(Crossposted from Cobalt6)
I noticed a huge amount of anger in the blogosphere over the remarks of, as Keith Olbermann is fond of calling him, “comedian Rush Limbaugh”.
He was not seen as funny.
By me, or anyone else that I know of on our side of the aisle.
Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is sparking controversy again after he made comments calling for riots in Denver during the Democratic National Convention this summer.
He said the riots would ensure a Democrat is not elected as president, and his listeners have a responsibility to make sure it happens.
“Riots in Denver, the Democrat Convention would see to it that we don’t elect Democrats,” Limbaugh said during Wednesday’s radio broadcast. He then went on to say that’s the best thing that could happen to the country.
The question that repeatedly came up:
How is this legal?
How can a nationally syndicated, hugely popular talk show host incite this kind of violence on his show and not end up in shackles?
The answer is below the fold.
Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969), was a United States Supreme Court case based on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It held that government cannot punish inflammatory speech unless it is directed to inciting and likely to incite imminent lawless action.
Now Brandenburg does a number of things in practice, but one thing it DOESN’T do is draw an especially bright line.
Here’s the essence of it:
Brandenburg was a Klansman. He called for “revengeance” (lol) against those the klukkers generally call for revengeance against. You know the drill.
Anyway, he got busted, sent to the slam, appealed, lost the appeal, took it to the SCOTUS….where he won. His conviction was overturned.
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed Brandenburg’s conviction, holding that government cannot constitutionally punish abstract advocacy of force or law violation. The unanimous majority opinion was per curiam (issued from the Court as an institution rather than as authored and signed by an individual justice)
So now you know why Ann Coulter can advocate the poisoning of a Supreme Court justice.
Etc etc etc etc and how many times have we had this conversation?
How many time have we… OMG!!1!!
Wingnut So and so said blow something up or kill someone and they should be thrown into t3h dung3on!!!!!!!!!!!!
This ain’t the first time.
Some folks know I’ve been boxing with this hater dude for a couple years.
I know I shouldn’t.
But I do it anyway.
Never mind that.
I won’t favor him with a link, but here’s what he said about what Rush said:
LIMBAUGH PULLS A “HAL TURNER”
CALLS FOR “RIOTS” AT DEMOCRAT CONVENTION
Most popular radio host in America said he dreamed of riots in the streets, cars overturned and neighborhoods burning. Sound familiar? Gee. . . . . who else on radio says things like that? ME!
Anyway, are you getting the picture?
Hal Turner called for Nancy Pelosi to be killed. Hal Turner called for a number of United States Senators to be killed. Hal Turner put out an order for “barbaric retaliation” against ME!
We’re all still here; had you noticed? 🙂
SO that begs the question: Why do they do this?
It’s self-aggrandizement. Nothing more; nothing less.
They do it for the attention and the ratings, and they hide behind the skirts of Brandenburg.
Or, wait. That would be, “robes”, not “skirts.”
So we see then, that Rush Limbaugh, as well as Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, et al, are following the example of a notorious homophobic, antiSemitic white supremacist, in defending their scurrilous invective by cowering behind a Supreme Court decision that was rendered in favor of a Klansman.
You know what they say: Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas.
Whenever possible, ignore.
They hate that. They lose business if that happens.