Chick Watch

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Well, not exactly, but you wouldn’t know that by the show the Dixie Chicks continue to put on. They were seen recently at a Senate hearing whining about their freedoms being violated because radio stations nationwide turned them off. The article says that at the hearing, “Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., suggested Mr. Dickey’s [radio station executive] decision smacked of Nazism and McCarthyism rather than of free speech.”

The honorable Senator Boxer and her Chicks seem to forget that radio is a business, not a service of the government that guarantees free speech. If you’re a bad singer, you don’t get airtime. If you make a fool of yourself in front of the entire country, you risk not getting airtime either. Such whining demeans real issues of freedom of speech infringement, such as the censoring of Christian and other religious materials in public schools and textbooks.