Who Are These Guys, Anyway?

This has been an uneven week for political correctness. We in California are proud of having the nation’s best-looking attorney general, even though—as our nation’s president found out—it is unwise to refer to her as such in public, no matter how close your friendship might be.

Then, out of nowhere, three mothballed FCC commissioners wake up from their stupor and decide to take a stand against the “indecent” naming of the Washington football club the “Redskins.”

The debate whether the club should be known by that name in the new millennium is for another time. I merely wish to point out the complete irrelevance of the three gentlemen and their views on the subject.

We haven’t heard from these guys in years, during which time the industry has faced a bunch of legitimate, game-changing threat. In fact, you can substitute “is facing” for “has faced”—we are far from out of the woods on several fronts.

Did the three amigos comment on streaming royalty fees? Cross-ownership? Public file infractions? No, they broke their silence to weigh in on, of all things, the importance of the FCC cracking down on broadcasters who air the games of teams with names to which they object.

Thanks for your input, guys. We’ll call you if we need anything else.