The Dixie Chicks controversy continues with the trio getting some support from former Vice President Al Gore. Gore spoke to a college audience last week on the subject of fewer companies owning more media outlets, and what he sees as the increasing lack of tolerance for opposing views.
According to the Tennessean, Gore used recent attacks on the Dixie Chicks that followed anti-war comments by Natalie Maines as an example. Gore told the audience, "They were made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said. Our democracy has taken a hit," Gore said. "Our best protection is free and open debate."
Record sales have fallen for the Chicks and radio stations across the country banned the trio's music after Maines told a London concert crowd that she was "ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." Maines later released an apology.
What college student shows up for an Al Gore speech? I mean, if you need Al Gore to liven up your day, you know you lead a pretty dull life.
Scorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5080 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (12 years 13 hours ago) and read 1512 times:
The title of this thread is highly misleading (not that I'm surprised, considering who started the thread). Gore does NOT support the comment made by the Dixie Chicks, or at least not that we know of. He supports their RIGHT to make the comment. He didn't say ANYTHING about the content of their comment. But then again, as long as you can make Gore look bad, twisting the truth is a given, right, Jcs?
KLAX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 13 hours ago) and read 1507 times:
Yeah, I would say that statement is pretty much on the mark.
Radio Stations shouldnt ban music and label it "Un-Patriotic". If they had said stuff about Clitnon, you guys would be in an uproar..
747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (12 years 13 hours ago) and read 1506 times:
They were made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said. Our democracy has taken a hit," Gore said. "Our best protection is free and open debate."
Sure his definition" of democracy has taken a hit (the one that says you can speak out all you want except to radical liberal dogma). Actually, this is democracy at work. Ms. Maines has excersied her rights to speak and I have excercised mine not to buy her records, because her opinion differs with mine. And because I don't support her point of view does not mean I am obligated to support her financially-even though I support her right to free speech..
As freedom of speech is a right, it also means accepting accountability of the words you speak, since those words may dioffer with those spoken by others. That concept is called "responsibility", nothing Mr. Gore, the radical leftisits that dominate his party or their leader Bill Clinton seem to understand.
TechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 13 hours ago) and read 1487 times:
People, Al Gore and Billy Clinton have a new Talk show, how can a new talk show get "attention" during war time? Make dumb ass comments to get attention, ratings go up, then deny or backtrack on the comments, simple.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13351 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (12 years 13 hours ago) and read 1475 times:
Which way are you heading? A new McCarthyism or something like George Orwell's '1984'.
1st Amendment anyone?
If you are so confident of the rightness of your beliefs, you won't mind an alternative view.
The irony is, if Baghdad turns into a real long, bloody slugging match, with US KIA's in the 1000's, many of the boneheads shouting down any dissent, will be screaming to 'bring our boys home'.
Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 16, posted (12 years 12 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
Jcs, get over yourself. No one here, except for the few radical rights, respects your rants. Be a little more moderate and someone might listen.
Wait, wait, wait...how do you know my political leanings? Basically, the only things I have spoken out about on these boards are taxes, foreign policy, and immigration. What about all the other issues? I am a Republican, but I am definitely not hard right. My views socially are very libertarian...
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 hours ago) and read 1386 times:
"They were made to feel un-American and risked economic retaliation because of what was said."
Ok, Al, so we should be forced to fork over the cash for a CD that we don't even want, just so that the Dixie Chicks won't face financial ruin? Poor Dixie Chicks. Life is so hard.
Some of us use the term "free market economics," instead of "economic retaliation." Maybe if they didn't want "economic retaliation," they should have kept their pie-holes shut instead of alienating their audience.
For crying out loud! According to Algore's logic, I should be forced to subsidize musicians for the sole reason of my disagreeing with them. Stupid liberal ideology.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 hours ago) and read 1378 times:
I don't believe that's what Gore was saying. I dunno, it's akin to burning books because you disagree with the authors private life. The Dixie Chicks spoke out against Bush because of his stance on the war. Then events are organized to trash their CD's (most of which I bet were copied prior to destruction) and stations refuse to play their music because of their lack of "patriotism". I imagine that the real patriots, who fought and died for something called "freedom of speech" are rolling in their graves to what has become of voicing dissenting opinons. Had our view of "patriotism" been in place 230 years ago, we might all be residents of the British Crown colonies today.
And urging these boycotts are the very people who made disparaging remarks about Clinton on a daily basis. Of course, they were just expressing their "freedom of speech".