My letter to the FCC:
I understand that a formal investigation has not necessarily been launched into the comments made by Mr. Colbert, but the consideration of an investigation based on a member of the press’s political comments goes against the very foundations of free speech and individual liberty which are some of the core foundations of our democracy. I understand the desire to not have inappropriate materials in shows for children, but that is where the line should be drawn.
The very fact of publicly mentioning an investigation undermines the foundation of our democracy by chipping away at the core principles that so many have fought and died for.
Inhibiting the conversation never helps. We must allow it to flourish as that is where we as the American people combine the best of our strengths and skills to develop new ideas and ways of improving the world.
As John F. Kennedy said: “No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding; and from that understanding comes support or opposition. And both are necessary…I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers–I welcome it…Our press was protected by the First Amendment … to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”