Unfortunately, this is probably the beginning.

Sunday, January 7th, 2007 @ 7:05 pm | Media

Net Neutrality doesn’t protect us from this, unfortunately:

An Internet service provider in San Francisco has shut down a website that posted recorded excerpts by right-wing talk-show hosts on ABC affiliate KSFO in which they endorsed torture of Iraqi prisoners, called for the hanging of New York Times editor Bill Keller and other journalists, and urged callers to mock Islam, according to MediaPost‘s online website, OnlineMediaDaily.com. The trade publication said that the ISP, 1&1 Internet, acted after receiving complaints from ABC Radio that the posted material violated the Walt Disney Company’s copyright. However, the operator of the site, who goes by the online name “Spocko,” insisted that the audio postings represented “fair use” and maintained that Disney had acted because KSFO advertisers whom he had contacted, including Netflix, MasterCard, Bank of America, and Visa, have already withdrawn advertising from the station. ABC and Disney declined to comment.

Good thing we can trust Disney to go to bat for fascists, yet big corporations wilt with fear over even tentatively endorsing liberal talk radio…


Update: Man, this thing has legs. Is there justice in the world? Sometimes, my friends and enemies, sometimes.

Via Crooks and Liars…because if you think I’ve got time to read all Daily Kos diaries myself, you’re insane.  It seems KSFO, the radio station in question, has had to pay attention to this.  Disney/ABC should be smart enough to figure out that they don’t want to be on the wrong side of the battle here.  KSFO is, of course, an ant to be squashed by Disney if it so wished.   That’s not necessary though.   Spocko is just expecting the right to be able to report on rightwing ugliness.  He has that, doesn’t he?

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