Big Media Tries to Silence Blogger Who Highlighted KSFO Hate Speech

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Hypocrisy comes in many forms, but it's seldom more blatant than when a large media company, a supposed champion of the First Amendment, tries to squelch free speech. The Chronicle's Joe Garofoli does an excellent job today laying out the details of how KSFO-AM radio, owned by Disney-ABC, is attempting to silence a blogger. The blogger, Spocko, had posted clips of hate speech spewed by KSFO's ultra-right-wing radio hosts, and then sent it to some of the radio station's advertisers. Giants like Bank of America and MasterCard had the decency to pull their ads. But KSFO is advancing an overly restrictive view of copyright law to argue that Spocko had no right to post the offensive clips. Case law clearly argues otherwise, but Spocko is understandly concerned about the radio station's bogus effort to silence him. Meanwhile, KSFO's Melanie Morgan, one of the radio hosts in question, is riling up her partisans to strike back ...

The conservative talk-show host is telling people on her mailing list to call into tomorrow's special broadcast from Noon - 3 p.m. over the Spocko controversy. A mass-email from Morgan says, "Trying to silence me -- URGENT URGENT!" Here is the letter in its entirety:

    A smear campaign by liberal bloggers is currently underway to silence the conservative opinions offered by myself and other conservative talk radio hosts at one of the highest-rated conservative talk radio stations in the nation. (KSFO 560 AM).

    It began when one liberal blogger tried to get us fired. When that didn't work he began an anonymous campaign to intimidate advertisers to not support "hate speech."

    Now liberal bloggers are calling for our firing. They are also pushing for implication of the Fairness Doctrine to force liberal radio programming down the public's throat. (They tried to compete in the free market with "Air America" and that failed miserably, so now they are using these tactics to silence conservative radio voices).

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    *ACTION ITEM: To respond to growing pressure from these ruthless liberal bloggers and political activists to silence us, we are going to do something unprecedented. We are opening up our airwaves, cancelling our normal programming and having an open forum where the public, news media, bloggers, critics and friends alike can call in and address any issues surrounding this matter.

    I am asking you to call in and voice your support!

    We will do this from 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM Pacific (or longer if need be!) which is equivalent to 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Eastern.

    The media will be covering this event live, and I want to make sure you are invited to weigh in on this matter. We will give out the phone number to call in during the special program.

    I'd ask that you FAX in letters/notes of support to: (415) 954-4013

    You can also send email to our station here: http://www.ksfo.com/contactus.asp

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    A final note...

    I want you to know the lengths these people are going to smear us and to try to silence us. They've gotten reporters to say that I've called for targeting Nancy Pelosi for assassination because of the following comment.

    1. I want you to go here and play this clip (on the liberal Media Matters website of all places) and see for yourself how these people are engaging in a shameless effort to misrepresent our comments: http://mediamatters.org/items/200611210011

    2. There have been times when I have regretted making a comment or felt I was insensitive in characterizing a situation. When such incidents have occurred, I have been forthright in offering a retraction and apology. Here's one incident from December 2006. http://www.melaniemorgan.com/frommelanie.html

    And related to a similar incident here was the comments made by my co-host Brian Sussman: http://melaniemorgan.com/1_short_sussman_apology.mp3

    I am sharing these clips with you so you can know that I take my efforts to fight for conservative causes very seriously. I would never sink to levels of advocating violence or other such inappropriate comments.

    I hope I can continue to count on your support.

    - Melanie

and Will Harper

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