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Liberals and Muslims Need Not Apply?

Crockett Keller runs a general store in Texas and is a state-certified handgun instructor. His recent radio commercial (below) ends with a request that socialists, liberals, Obama-voters, Muslims and non-Christian Arabs need not apply — “I will not teach you the class.” From NY Times:

“Why would I teach people who have sworn the annihilation of the United States and who can lie, cheat, steal and murder Americans in order to further Islam?” Mr. Keller said. “Why would I arm someone like that? Why would I enable them to carry a weapon legally? I don’t want to be a part of that. I’m sorry those flight instructors didn’t have the same hindsight to know that these guys were up to no good, and they shouldn’t be teaching them, and they should have refused.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety, which manages the certification process for handgun instructors, is investigating and has issued the following statement: “Conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion would place that instructor’s certification by the department at risk of suspension or revocation.”

I wish the New York Times had named the radio station that took money for running the ad. (AP says the ad cost $175 and ran on a rural country music station, but doesn’t identify the outlet either.) If parts of the ad are considered hate speech, wouldn’t that violate the law and therefore put the station’s license to broadcast at risk? At the very least, identifying it by name would make it easier for offended listeners to spin their dial to another station.

UPDATE: One reader offered a correction, pointing out that hate speech is NOT illegal in the United States; the Constitution guarantees free speech, including ugly forms of it.

Is This Billboard Promoting News Radio or the Internet?

Billboard yesterdays news

This billboard on La Cienga Boulevard in LA caught my attention. Maybe it was the retro mustache and pipe? There’s certainly nothing new about poking newspapers for printing yesterday’s news — the snarkarati have been doing that since the first intrepid browsers found their way to the Internet 15 years ago. But why, all of a sudden, is a talk radio station picking on newspapers? Hasn’t radio offered live news reports for nearly a century? Are there still people out there that don’t know about live news radio??