The FCC has rejected a petition from liberals who hate the name of the NFL team Washington Redskins to both ban the word “Redskins” from broadcast, and fine broadcasters that chose to continue using the name.
Young Cons reports Professor John Banzhaf of George Washington University (shouldn’t the university change their name? I think the Native Americans are offended.) asked the FCC to deny renewal of the broadcast license to a radio station that is co-owned by the Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder for repeatedly using the word “Redskins”.
Earlier, 50 Senate Democrats sent letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Washinton Redskins’ owner Snyder, requesting that they change the name of the team. The Democrats followed up by influencing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to rescind the team’s trademark registration, a financial risk for the team.
But somehow, these Democrattackers forgot about majority opinion. Because a 2004 poll of Native Americans stated that 90 percent of those who responded didn’t find the name “Redskins” offensive. And to top that, 70 percent of Americans don’t feel the Redskins should change their name.
Peter H. Doyle, chief of the Media Bureau’s audio division of the station under attack said:
“We find that there have been no serious violations of the [Communications] Act or the rules involving the station or any other violations that, taken together, would constitute a pattern of abuse,”
A relentless Banzhaf promotes his eternal effort to ban the name, saying:
“I’ve got quite a number of options we’re still looking at,” he said in an interview. “I’ve got to sit down with some of my colleagues and see where we go from here. It’s a disappointment, but it’s certainly not the end of the line.”