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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Hypocrites and Stifling Free Speech

Boy this "Path to 9/11" docu-drama has stirred up a hornet's nest! This thing is so hot that the Dems are falling all over themselves to get it off the air. Reid, Stabenow, Schumer, Durbin and Dorgan have even issued a not so veiled threat to ABC if they air the show...

"We therefore urge you to cancel this broadcast to cease Disney’s plans to use it as a teaching tool in schools across America through Scholastic. Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation.

The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events."

This really chaps my ass - Where were these self proclaimed Truth Protectors when Michael Moore took a dump on the USA with his farce Fahrenheit 9/11?

At the premiere of "Fahrenheit 9/11", Tom Daschle, Barbara Boxer, Terry McAuliffe and Tom Harkin were just a few of the prominent Democrats that attended. McAuliffe hailed it as "raising a lot of the issues that Americans are talking about".

Why not take the advice that Tom Harkin gave Americans after seeing Fahrenheit 9/11 and apply it to this movie?
"It's important for the American people to understand what has gone on before, what led ut to this point, and to see it sort of in its unvarnished presentation."

Jason over at FreeRepublic posted the best response to this whole issue that I have read...
"The former president of Iran can come to Harvard to lecture us on the anniversary of 9-11, and that we have to put up with because it is "free speech". But an American news organization can't broadcast a factual documentary about the precursors to 9-11 - that Sandy Burger didn't stuff in his pants - because that's false and defamatory."

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