Sumner Redstone, the controlling shareholder of CBS, always shows up at the big Hollywood liberal parties and brags about how he is a great fighter for the First Amendment. But yesterday, CBS Outdoor, the billboard company that controls much of the Minneapolis market, cancelled the contracts for the Soldier Billboard Project, that would have placed a telling reminder of the War in Iraq in the face of celebrating Republican’s at the RNC. The Billboards had already been up in Denver for the DNC. Evidently the Republicans “can’t handle the truth”. The cancellation was of course too late for the artists to get another site.
In 2006, in his Keynote Address to the First Amendment think tank the Media Institute, Redstone pounded the lectern while stating that,
imposing any kind of burden or penalty on those who publish protected speech — circumvents this process(the First Amendment). This is particularly pernicious not only because it is prohibited by the Constitution but also because it can be abused by the government.
What a hypocrite.