Hypocrisy is defined in Merriam Webster as “the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do: behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel.”
There are many instances of hypocrisy in
every-day happenings and most are easily overlooked or ignored but when someone does something in which the
public is encouraged to take part in, yet forbids some of the same public from
taking part in does tend to stand out.
The case in point is a new radio call in show in Easton, which revolves around a local online discussion forum.
To be candid, this concept, while confusingly televising a “radio” program, is not necessarily a horrible or novel idea. From the community service aspect, this is a good move and does take a great deal of effort to make and keep these types of productions fresh. People who put on local programming at any level should be commended for their efforts. This includes the folks hosting the program I am writing about.
The problem as I see it is the forum is promoted for all to come and voice their opinions while I can say from personal experience, that if the owner does not like or agree with what you have to say, you are removed from the site and can no longer post there.
Before someone makes the “sour grapes” argument, this is not what it is all about. My skin is much thicker than that. For the time being, this is still America and there are plenty of other places in which you are allowed to voice your opinion and not have to worry about being silenced by one individual because it conflicts with what he believes.
I do wish the hosts well in their new venture, but also expect the site owner to make it crystal clear that his discussion forum for which the televised radio show is based upon is not free to all and your beliefs and opinions do matter and do affect your ability to contribute. He should make it clear that only those who agree with him are welcome and aside from a few more or less harmless dissenters, the owner controls the agenda of his site as this is and has been the way it is.