November 2001 - VOLUME 22 - NUMBER 11
T H E L A W R E N C E S U M M E R S M E M O R I A L A W A R D
THE LAWRENCE SUMMERS MEMORIAL AWARD*
Following the September 11 terrorist attack, Clear Channel issued a list of 150 lyrically questionable songs to its more than 1,100 radio stations, asking the stations to avoid playing the songs. Clear Channel has denied the lists existence in some media outlets, but Clear Channel employees have acknowledged there is such a list.
Some songs with violent themes appeared to be included because they would seem insensitive after the tragedy of September 11. Others, including John Lennons Imagine and all songs by Rage Against the Machine, appeared to be included primarily because of their peace or anti-establishment messages.
On Clear Channels dont play list were:
For the complete list, see the St. Paul Pioneer Press at www.pioneerplanet.com/columnists/docs/lambert/docs/137030.htm.
|*In a 1991 internal memorandum, then-World Bank economist Lawrence Summers argued for the transfer of waste and dirty industries from industrialized to developing countries. "Just between you and me, shouldn't the World Bank be encouraging more migration of the dirty industries to the LDCs (lesser developed countries)?" wrote Summers, who went on to serve as Treasury Secretary during the Clinton administration. "I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that. ... I've always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are vastly under polluted; their air quality is vastly inefficiently low [sic] compared to Los Angeles or Mexico City." Summers later said the memo was meant to be ironic.|