Ofcom, Britain’s government office that plays media watchdog, says it won’t waste resources looking into the BBC choosing Christian Voice’s Stephen Green, who’s advocated the extermination of HIV-positive gays, to come on the air to discuss Elton John and David Furnish’s new baby boy. How come? Because Ofcom, which resembles the FCC in the U.S., doesn’t interfere in matters of “editorial freedom.” See, when Green said things like “a baby needs a mother and it seems an act of pure selfishness to deprive a baby of a mother,” he was just expressing his own opinion, and he didn’t use any mean words like “faggot” or “fudgepacker,” so there’s nothing they can do. And ya know what? Good for them.
A media network like the BBC shouldn’t be investigated, let alone punished by a government entity (even if taxpayers do fund it) for what types of guests it brings on, for the same reason I’d be furious if the FCC ever tried getting on CNN’s case over welcoming Richard Cohen or Maggie Gallagher.
It is not the government’s job to tell a media outlet who can come on the air. It is responsible managers and producers and executives. And if not them, then the public. So far outraged Brits have had little luck in that department, but that just means we get louder and bolder. It doesn’t mean we ask the government to start dallying in censorship.