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September 8, 2006

Thuggery

Posted by Dave Blount at September 8, 2006 11:20 AM

How's this for ominous? From a letter to the CEO of Disney by top Senate Dem Harry Reid and friends, demanding that Disney's ABC network pull the fictionalized miniseries "Path to 9/11" because it is rumored not to conform sufficiently to Clintonoid spin:

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.

The threat to pull the license of a major network for allegedly straying from their political orientation is outrageous, and hardly even veiled.

By "accurate" Dingy Harry et al. clearly mean "complimentary to our preferred depiction of events." Whether "Path to 9/11" really is accurate or not is beside the point — and clearly not the Senate's business. ABC is not even trying to pass it off as a factual account.

"Fahrenheit 911," on the other hand, was pure propaganda marketed as fact, which clearly and deliberately undermined our war effort. But for some reason, Senate Dems had no problem with it.

The possibility of characters like Reid taking over the Senate should terrify anyone who doesn't want the First Amendment effectively repealed, and both history and popular culture subjected to political control.

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Three goons who signed the menacing letter.