Clear Channel Says Thanks, Jams Head Up Colin Jr. (Via Bush Junior)

As if you needed more evidence that Clear Channel was the neo-corporate manifestation of PURE EVIL, have a gander here.

It is possible see a lot of genuinely gross shit on the side of the road on I-4 near Orlando (dead possums, vulture bait, lard-ass Disney-bound Republican tourists with plumber's crack changing a tire on their doublewide), but pity the poor Orlandans now. I'd almost rather lick a hunk of week-old road kill than be forced to pass Junior's smirking visage everyday on my way into work. Especially when emblazoned with the caption, "Our Leader."

I know you're throwing good money after good, Clear Channel -- after all, Junior Part I turned out right nicely for you, what with Michael Powell taking a juicy bite out of Viacom's hide, and Junior Part II promises to be a barn dance -- but let's be reasonable. Junior isn't leading anyone anywhere. He's ruling, and from time to time bequeathing spoils upon his benefactors and sycophants (like you, dig?).

So enough with the billboards, already; you have a burgeoning monopoly to care for, and four years to make it happen.

Chop chop!


Blogger Paisley Brainstem said...

duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh naaaah leader leader

November 22, 2004 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger hatfield said...

Sorry, but I have to disagree with you here, ol' Mitey, ol' pal.

Are you listening to yourself, here?

Look, I have driven by that very billboard several times since the election. It does, indeed, exist, and it does sport, clearly, "Paid for by Clear Channel". It sits at the Lee Road intersection in Orlando. An intersection over which, I might add, passed streams of cars sporting Bush-Cheney bumper stickers well before the election. That particular section of Orange County is extremely blue collar, and not the lunch-pail-toting Kerry-supporting type of blue collar, either.

No, that stretch of Orange County swarms with folks who listen to Toby Keith, buy their Ford trucks from dealerships boasting large "Have Faith" signs, and turn their yellow troop-support ribbon stickers sideways to look like little yellow fishies.

As for passing Our Leader's smirking visage every day since early November? It has done one thing for me: force my jaw to clench ever tighter that the Democrats just couldn't pull a viable candidate out of their ass no matter how compelling the need.

Personally, I wonder why you'd focus on their right to express their admiration for a leader that supports their interest. It'd be much more effective and meaningful to highlight and criticize their predatory, artist-crushing business practices.

November 23, 2004 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger The Termite said...

I'm really not sure how you're disagreeing with me!

I do take a tremendous amount of issue with Clear Channel's artist-crushing tactics, but people who care enough to find good music can generally pull that one off. What concerns me more is their attempt to use political favor to muscle opponents out of business and gain market share, especially in the radio environment.

November 23, 2004 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger hatfield said...

I don't see anything wrong with Clear Channel posting their allegiance to Junior any more than I saw a problem with The Boss jamming on the streets with Kerry. I wouldn't have been surprised if the Trial Attorney's Democratic American Association-- or TA-DAA, you might say-- had placed a similar tribute to Kerry had he won. Okay, I made that organization up, but you catch my drift.

Where does placing a poster of a popular (in that area, at least) politician place CC in the same ranks as a regime that systematically bludgeoned Europe and decimated 11 million people? I'm not saying that this administration doesn't wield disastrous potential. I am saying that it is a little unfair to snipe at a corporation doing what corporations do best: support those that will allow them to continue to dominate.

That's where I disagree.

November 23, 2004 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger The Termite said...


I don't want to sound surprised. I am not. But I despise Clear Channel as exhibit A of corporations' undue influence on government and democratic process. It's a component of fascism and I just don't think it should be that way.

November 23, 2004 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger hatfield said...

CORRECTION: Whoever posted that picture of the billboard had some serious fun with Photoshop. I drove by the billboards today (there are two on I-4, by the way...one visible Eastbound past the Ivanhoe exit and the other Westbound at Lee Road) and there is no reference whatsoever to Clear Channel. They may own the billboards but they aren't responsible for the content.

The sponsor line actually reads: "Not sponsored by any candidate or candidate's committee. Paid for by Charles W. Clayton, Jr." No idea who he is. But who cares?

I am currently mourning the passing of Alfred Hamilton, the man who owned the Uncle Sam billboard on I-5 in Chehalis, WA. Sure, he was ultra-right wing and sure, I often didn't agree what he had to say. But he had a means of expressing himself to a large number of people and I applaud him for doing so.

Three cheers for free speech, and (once again!) let's try and keep the sour grapes aimed at legitimate issues.

November 30, 2004 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger The Termite said...

Thanks for the clarification.

Are you positive the words Clear Channel never appeared on the bulletin board, however? They may have gotten wind of the backlash and pasted over it.

Moreover, I myself pass a clear channel bulletin board every day on my way to work. It's plain -- white letters on black background -- and it reads "United We Stand. In God We Trust." On the bottom in smaller letters is the Clear Channel name. It's been there since just after 9/11. So it's certainly a medium they've used before.

I don't have any problem with the sentiment "united we stand" or the sentiment "in God we trust." Those are nice sentiments, and I certainly would defend anyone's right to express them. But this billboard fits the textbook definition of propaganda, with the unique aspect of having come not from government itself, but from a corporate entity with close ties to government. Is propaganda illegal? Certainly not. But historically it is symptomatic of an impetus toward state control. If you cringe at propaganda, it is probably because you recognize it as a hallmark of fascism.

Just something to be conscious of, is all.

November 30, 2004 at 11:12 AM  
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