Roger Ebert makes some excellent points on why Howard Stern deserves to be on the "public airways" just as much as Rush Limbaugh. Ebert is exactly right when he says that freedom of expression includes the right to not listen to points of view you don’t like. I exercise my right to avoid both Stern and Limbaugh but I certainly don’t have the right to stop anyone else from listening.

But what about the children??

Call me old-fashioned, but I believe it is the responsibility of parents to control their children’s media input. The entire nation cannot be held hostage so that everything on the radio is suitable for 9-year-olds.

Amen!! And Ebert’s closing remarks are right on the mark.

I find it strange that so many Americans describe themselves as patriotic when their values are anti-democratic and totalitarian. We are all familiar with Voltaire’s great cry: ”I may disagree with what you say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it.” Ideas like his helped form the emerging American republic. Today, the Federal Communications Commission operates under an alternative slogan: ”Since a minority that is very important to this administration disagrees with what you say, shut up.”

Thanks to The Hamster for the link.