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Brian Cooley is an Idiot

by Baron Earl

2002-03-08 09:02:16

The radio station Brian Cooley is on claims to be a news station. Brian Cooley's web page claims that he has a "long history of delivering engaging newscasts and absurd antics." So which is it? Is Brian supposed to be delivering entertainment or is he delivering news? Is anyone at CNET bright enough to know the difference?

I was driving to work today listening to CNET radio. It's the radio station owned by cnet.com, and they promote themselves as a news station that reports on technology. On the air 24/7, they're talking about technology and tech stocks.

This morning Brian was dumfounded when he found out that the government wasn't pressing charges against RaiseTheFist.com's founder for publishing bomb-making materials on the Internet. Brian couldn't understand why they weren't pressing charges like the government did "against other bomb-making web sites."

Brian, maybe you should do a little research when you're reporting the "news". The government hasn't put anyone in jail JUST for publishing bomb-making information. Simply publishing information of any sort is not considered a crime in this country.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Brian, does this ring a bell? If you'd gone to journalism school or stayed awake in your high school's U.S. Government class, it might.

The first amendment protects CNET's right to pretend to report the news when they're actually in the entertainment business. It protects RaiseTheFist's right to publish unpopular viewpoints and unpopular information.

Best of all, it protects my right to point out the fact that Brian Cooley is an idiot.

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