Thursday, November 11, 2004

It's a GOOD life!

Several ABC affiliates have decided not to air "Saving Private Ryan" tonight in honor of Veteran's Day. They have decided not to do so because recent FCC actions against Howard Stern and CBS made them feel that the rough language and violence that are part of the film's realistic depiction of life and death in wartime could bring the FCC down on them and make them liable for huge fines levied for violations of broadcast standards. The FCC, in their infinite wisdom, have refused to tell these stations whether the movie has anything in it that would cause the FCC to take action against ABC for presenting the film. Why? The FCC said that would amount to "censorship."

In other words, we won't tell you what the laws are, we'll just prosecute you after we decide that you have broken them. If you don't like that, you may just end up out in the cornfield...

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