Friday, March 14, 2003

Some sanity

From the program director at Kansas City's kfkf

The Dixie Chicks on KFKF

Natalie Maines' remark about the President* has sparked anger on both sides. We've taken literally thousands of calls, e-mails and faxes. The vast majority of them have asked us to stop playing the Dixie Chicks until Natalie apologizes to the President.

We did. I felt that if 80% of the audience was that angry, it would hurt KFKF to play their music.

However, the more thought I've given to this, the more I am led to what may be an unpopular conclusion. Our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are over there fighting for our rights - and one of those is our Constitutional right to express an unpopular opinion. The longer this has gone on, the more I had visions of censorship and McCarthyism. Two wrongs don't make a right!

I agree with the 80% of you who abhor what Natalie said in London. On the other hand, I believe in the Constitution. We are putting the Dixie Chicks back on KFKF.

If you are so incensed that you want to do something, you have rights. You have the right to not purchase their CD. You have the right to boycott their upcoming concert - or to attend the show and stage a peaceful protest. You even have the right to turn off KFKF! While I would hope you would not penalize the station that has supported the troops - as we have - I would understand.

In light of what our men and women are about to do, this whole controversy is very small. Let me close with the most important sentiments any of us can express:

God bless our troops, pray for the people of Iraq, and may God continue to bless the United States of America!

Dale Carter
Program Director

You can email Dale Carter at to express your thanks for him not being a brownshirt.

(oh, and for those of you who think criticizing the policies of an administration are somehow similar to Michael Savage's demonization of gays, lesbians, minorities, and immigrants... go away. Remember how the media responded when Clinton was know, by the media despite his popularity?)

On a related note, Digby tells us to boycott all Vivendi artists.