Just to put in our final thoughts on the idiotic Omaha City Council resolution asking KFAB (and presumably Tom Becka) to apologize for the North Omaha parody, we ‘d like to say that it’s…well…idiotic. (Omaha councilmen ask for apology from radio station – OWH – 10/17/06.)
Beyond the issue of whether this is a prudent use of taxpayer dollars, in general do we want, or need the City Council to demand apologies? And what if KFAB says, “Go shove it”? Then what? Try to get their license revoked? What’s the point to this?
It would seem to be debatable whether KFAB and Becka should apologize. Becka claims he did the spot to “raise awareness”. Uh huh. We’d guess he was doing it to get a laugh, and add a little satire, and heck, boost ratings. So if he feels the need to apologize, so be it. If not, hey, it’s a free country. Feel free to turn him off. That’s the best way you disapprove of his antics, if you feel thusly.
But for the City Council to get involved turns Omaha into the kind of busy-body, Gladys Kravitz, Berkeley, California type town that Omahans enjoy mocking for their foolishness.
(Wait, we better not mock Berkeley – Frank Brown and the boys might make us apologize.)