You will remember that New York City Council Member John Liu was the one who brought attention to Clear Channel DJ Star's outrageous threats of sexual violence on a 4 year old. Star has since been fired, but the Councilman, like me, is not satisfied.
According to the Daily News, he wants Clear Channel to pay $5 million to the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation, which was established in memory of Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl slain by a sex-offender neighbor. He was on Wakeup Call this morning emphasizing Clear Channel's culpability (mp3).
Mr. Liu is heading in the right direction by seeking to hold Clear Channel accountable, but he's off base if he thinks that this incident shows that the danger to children comes from pedophiliacs. The danger to children comes from corporate media that use sensationalist trash talk and a warped version of hip hop to capture them as listeners.
I don't for a second think that Troi Torain was actually going to sexually assault the 4-year-old daughter of Gia Casey and DJ Envy. But I do think that children, like the rest of us, are under increasing assault from a hyper-commercialized and violent corporate media.
Kat's got the right idea when she says that, like money from the tobacco lawsuits going to help young people resist cigarrettes, money from FCC indecency fines should go to support media justice (or at least media literacy).
In other words, there are two ways to go up the ladder looking to hold someone responsible. You can blame the owner, Clear Channel, which would lead you to demand a fine or restitution. Or you can blame consolidation of ownership, in which case this would only add to your conviction that we need to support license redistribution.