Irresponsible: LA City Council asks LA Times to censor Sterling ads

Irresponsible: LA City Council asks LA Times to censor Sterling ads

[Ed. – The move practically forces LAT to run Sterling ads now, to prove its independence.]

The National Basketball Association has the right to accept and reject the owners of its franchises, so there don’t seem to be any First Amendment issues with the actions that Commission Adam Silver took today when he issued Clippers owner Donald Sterling a lifetime ban. …

But the Los Angeles City Council is government. And now it is now wading into a situation that the NBA has already taken care of, and in a particularly odious way. …

The resolution, presented by Councilman Bernard C. Parks, also asked The Times and other newspapers to stop running ads for Sterling’s real estate empire and “alleged civic activities.” The Times had no immediate comment on the request to drop Sterling’s advertisements.

Whoa.

The LA government doesn’t need to do a thing. But its members clearly want to be seen doing something, even if it’s terrifying and illegal. They need to step back and stand down. They’re behaving like tyrannical clowns.

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