The Supreme Court reversed an Iowa court ruling on campaign financing. Basically, the Supreme Court ruling gives corporations free reign to spend whatever they want to spend on campaign ads. (ABC News)
I’ve read a couple of editorials this morning and skimmed a couple more (hey, I’m a busy guy), and I agree with the notion that the ruling is wrong. According to what I’ve read, the logic used by the majority of the judges is the corporations are entitled to the same First Amendment protection as individuals.
This makes no sense at all. As a New York Times editorial points out, corporations are not the same as individuals, and they are generally not treated as such; they receive different tax rates, for example. Some may argue that unions will also now have the freedom to advertise as much as they like, but unions won’t be able to form an organization that exists for the sole purpose of running attack ads. Will that happen? I haven’t read anything that says it will, but it would make sense. If a rich person doesn’t like a candidate, what is stopping them from forming a group called Citizens Responding to the American President (C.R.A.P.) and running non-stop television ads attacking that candidate?
This leads into my larger theory about campaign advertising, but I’ll get into that on Monday.
In other news…
Air America is no longer on the air. I have to admit that I only recently realized that they were still on the air. I listened to the Ron Reagan Jr. show a couple of times. It was pretty good, but not good enough I guess. It’s interesting how so-called “liberal talk radio” never seemed to work in the commercial market. It’s possible that the talent just wasn’t there; when Al Franken had a show, he was very popular, and Rachel Maddow moved from Air America to a regular TV gig on MSNBC. Interesting.
Tonight, you can watch the Hope For Haiti Telethon. I wonder if this is going to have the same impact as past telethons, or if the telethon model isn’t what it used to be. I do think that it will raise a lot of money for Haiti, because, as I said earlier this week, there is a lot of money in the United States and we seem to be donating some of it to Haitian relief efforts. Despite the Wyclef Jean Yele Haiti Charity controversy, Wyclef will be part of the telethon.
Conan O’Brien will sign off as host of The Tonight Show this evening. Conan’s last show. It’s all very odd. And expensive. NBC is paying Conan a boatload of money (although all they’re really doing is buying out his contract, according to some reports). But the network does get custody of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Hey, maybe they’ll put Triumph on at 10pm. That’s something I would watch.
Seal of the Supreme Court of the United States Image from Wikipedia