Too Loud

October 5th, 2010

Inspired by Who’s buying? Anonymous cash cows put democracy in peril (Eugene Robinson, Washington Post 10/05/10) and Congress’s passage of a bill to keep commercials from being excessively loud, and the NAACP’s Hilary Shelton’s comments on the Ed Show about the importance of campaign finance reform to the political process.


“When you’ve got that kind of money, that level of resources, you can turn the volume way up on whatever your side of the story is, not allowing balanced information to come through… We’ve got to do something make sure that people have balanced information so that people can make an informed decision during this election process.“ — NAACP’s Hilary Shelton on The Ed Show (watch it below)


Everybody knows that commercials are too loud.

That’s what happens when advertisers to do anything are allowed.


People have been complaining about this for over 50 years.

Now, Congress has finally done something, it appears.


According to new regualtions the government will impose

Broadcasters must now keep commercial volume the same as the show’s.


Last week, the Senate passed that law by unanimous consent,

Which given today’s partisan divide is a big event.


Isn’t this interfering with advertisers’ free speech rights,

Which further restrictions undoubtedly invites?


Apparently, even Senators that the Constitution most embrace

Didn’t consider that to be the case.


Advertisers haven’t announced that they’re going to sue

As people these days increasingly do.


Loud commercials have always irritated me

So I’m glad this will finally regulated be.


I feel the way about campain finance,

For regualtion of which there’s now a much lesser chance.


For corporations and their political allies

Politics is just like everything else they advertize.


Unregulated, they’ll make those ads as loud as possible,

Until hearing their competition is impossible.


Right wing groups are outspending liberal ones seven to one,

And the final stretch has only just begun.


That gap will probably widen even more over the next 27 days,

Increasing to spending levels that even the most jaded observers amaze.


Is it free speech when only one side is allowed to debate

And wealthy corporations and individuals dominate?


Is it free speech when corporations control what’s said

While actual citizens are priced out of the market instead?


I don’t think so, and I don’t think we can wait 50 years

To see if real free speech as a result disappears.

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Here’s The Last Word’s 9/30/10 report.
 

Here’s Keith’s excellent 10/04/10 report on campaign finance.

Here’s The Ed Show’s 10/05/10 interview with the NAACP’s Hilary Shelton.

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