If you ask me, they might as well go down to hell and work for the Devil, to paraphrase Hank Hill. The article in question does not mention ClearChannel's previous deals with the Prince of Darkness, but I am sure that there have been a lot of back room deals and off the record inquiries from both sides. One would only have to look at their programming to find the evidence. I would be surprised if Mephisto was not a major shareholder.
I am not sure if ClearChannel actually at one time sold it's corporate soul to Satan or whether it initially began as a Hell-Spawned enterprise incorporated by the very forces of evil themselves. Either way, the effect is the same: the "public's" airwaves polluted with the lowest common denominator of the same old commercial-filled crap they've been forcing down our throats for years.
ClearChannel is one of the most evil, soul-killing corporate entities this side of the banking industry or Military-Industrial complex. Thanks to them, I squirm everytime I hear the term "Classic Rock" and think "For the love of God, please don't make me listen to 'Old Time Rock and Roll' or 'Sweet Home Alabama' or anything by Foreigner one more fucking time (ever)!!!"
So now Google, Mr. "Don't Be Evil" of the Corporate world, is going to dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight. For them I have this warning, taken appropriately from the words of an awesome musician who won't ever have airplay on any ClearChannel vommit-fest excuse for a radio station: Ry Cooder. "If you let him ride, The Devil sure as hell gonna' wanna' drive."
ClearChannel == Evil Incarnate and the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Public Radio.
"Whats the point of waging war for freedom when some corporation can simply point their finger and silence a musician." - Todd Butler, "Hard to Be a Hero"