the suspension of KFQD conservative talk show host Dan Fagan is beginning to spread nationwide. One leading blogger, Dan Riehl, has picked up on it; Riehl writes, "This is despicable. Murkowski thinks she owns that state and it looks like some people in media up there think she does, too". Dan Fagan himself told Politico earlier Friday that he received a voice mail from his station manager telling him that he had been suspended from the air until the company attorneys investigated the matter. Conservatives4Palin sounds off as well; one commenter, Bestbud, said 30 people showed up in front of Lisa Murkowski's Anchorage headquarters to protest late Friday afternoon. And Alaska Voices columnist Kevin Clarkson asks, "What's next, Lisa? Book burning?"
But now Sarah Palin has picked up on it as well. On her Facebook page, Palin addresses the issue at length. And she pulls no punches -- she accuses Lisa Murkowski, via her "hired guns", of engineering KFQD's takedown of their meal ticket. She is a bit more charitable towards station management than I -- she notes that, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from whoring herself out to vested corporate interests, a small-market radio station like KFQD does not have a budget for a legal defense. So they did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air, at least temporarily for appearance's sake.
Mind you, Sarah Palin and Dan Fagan are not exactly bosom buddies. They crossed swords a number of times in the past, particularly during the Troopergate saga. But even at its peak, Palin never attempted to get Dan Fagan censored, either directly or otherwise. Here's Palin's powerful tribute to the sanctity of free speech:
Individuals like Dan Fagan have a fundamental right to speak their minds without threats from the incumbent Senator from Alaska. It is hard to find a constitutional right Americans cherish more than the right to free speech. This was a right Joe Miller, as a decorated combat veteran – a tank commander tested in battle, was willing to die to defend. Dan Fagan has not always agreed with me, but I will gladly defend his right to speak freely on his radio show, which he has often used to criticize me. In fact, Fagan has actually used his radio show to attack and insult me, my husband, my children, and my family in just about every way possible. He was especially insulting to my son, who left for a war zone to defend Fagan’s right to attack our family. But when I was his governor, I never would have dreamed of threatening his right to free speech. I support him in this fight because this D.C. Beltway thuggery, as exemplified by Lisa Murkowski’s latest threat, is ruining our country. The powers that be want ordinary Americans to sit down and shut up and let the ruling class ride us right off the debt cliff we’re heading towards with Obama, Pelosi, and Reid steering the nation’s car. We can’t let them. Now is the time to put aside our past differences and stand up to the establishment powers.
It should be noted for the record that the Murkowski campaign has denied that it or the senator had anything to do with the suspension of Dan Fagan.
The mask of respectability and professionalism has been ripped from the face of Lisa Murkowski during this write-in campaign, revealing a grim, vindictive and nasty visage beneath. Murkowski has stooped to gutter tactics almost unprecedented in the history of Alaska to satisfy her feverish lust for power. She even had the audacity to reach directly into the grave and ghoulishly use an endorsement recorded by Senator Ted Stevens before his death; I heard the radio spot for the first time today (she's also done a T.V. spot), and it made me absolutely sick to my stomach. Yes, Lisa Murkowski did get permission from the Stevens family to use the endorsement, but how utterly ghoulish it is to use the corpse of one of Alaska's greatest public servants as a shield from accountability. Her father, Frank Murkowski, became very unpopular during his term as governor, but he never lost his fundamental class or dignity. Lisa Murkowski's class and dignity have been ripped to shreds during this gutter campaign, and the Murkowski name risks becoming a hiss and a byword in Alaska politics for years to come.
Alaskans, let's turn this back into a two-person race. There are only two genuinely Alaskan choices -- Joe Miller and Scott McAdams. I prefer Miller; I believe his stewardship would be better for Alaska in the long term because he would wean us off entitlement while enabling us to gain more control over our resources such as ANWR, as well as get the oppressive Federal boot off our neck. But if you absolutely, positively can't reconcile yourself to Joe Miller's vision, at least have the dignity to vote for Scott McAdams. I may not connect with McAdams ideologically, but he is authentic. Just don't vote for Lisa.