MLB Acts as Stalinist Thoughtpolice, Shut Down Podcast

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When it comes to the media relations policies of Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs, I tend to think of a famous statement usually attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller. It’s about the compliance of German intellectuals during the Nazi rise to power and the establishment’s successive elimination of chosen demographics.

They came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up

Ed Nickow from Chicago Sports in Haiku, summed up what went down:

Earlier this year, MLB Advanced Media sent a cease and desist letter demanding that Cubscast stop podcasting, take down their website, and transfer the domain name to MLB.

By Paul M. Banks

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