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Cat Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:25 PM
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Reagan miniseries is more damaging to Republicans this way.
The vast majority of comments I've heard on the Reagan miniseries, from my mostly apolitical coworkers and from viewers on television and radio, could be summarized as 'CBS shouldn't have been bullied into silence' or 'the critics are creepy, pro-censorship types', or 'what's wrong with letting me decide for myself?', etc.

If the miniseries had been allowed to air on network TV without controversy, it probably would've have garnered about as much attention as the DC-911 movie, and simply faded from view.

I honestly think that they've smeared themselves much more than the miniseries would've smeared Reagan.
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:27 PM
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1. True, I'm hearing the same thing from Repub acquaintances....
And where were the Dems when "Primary Colors" came out? Oh, that's right, tending to the business of running the government.....
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david_vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:29 PM
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2. Interesting take on it
You may very well be right.
Even people who barely care about anything don't want to be told what they can or can't see. Basic human nature for anyone above the age of 2.
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RandomKoolzip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:33 PM
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4. My theory is that this is revenge for the Mel Gibson "Passion" brouhaha
The Repubs and hate radio mavens are playing tit-for-tat.

Censorship always backfires; Anyone with a basic understanding of human nature knows that trying to suppress something from people only makes those same people more curious about said thing. Admittedly, it's a convoluted way of saying it, but...
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:32 PM
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3. We heard nothing about it until DAS REICH...
started screaming about it!

Peggy (Bitch) Noonan said that she would boycott any company that would sponsor this series!

May we liberals need to boycott conservatives in some way?
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xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:41 PM
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5. Net effect of the forced cancellation a plus.
This has generated a ton of publicity for the movie, which will be shown UNCUT on Showtime and released to video.

The Republicans are shown for what they are, censoring bullies who do not allow any views to be aired that are not conservative PC.

It will hopefully start a discussion about all the failures of the Reagan years, as Rep Dingell outlined the other day.

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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:44 PM
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6. not only that....
....it will no doubt be appearing on the file-sharing network of your choice soon. Anyone who wants to see it will probably be able to :)
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:47 PM
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8. Unfortunately...
My wife won't allow me to spring for Showtime.
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xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:14 PM
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14. Watch for the video
The demand for it will be huge. Everyone will want to see what all the fuss is about. That means $$$ trumps right-wing censorship.

Capitalism works in our favor for a change.
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NaMeaHou Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:19 PM
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18. No it won't
How many people give a damn today about the Wilson/CIA leak?

Nobody gives a shit.
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:50 PM
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9. The word for what the right is doing is...
"Facsism".
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arcane1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:46 PM
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7. "The Reagans" - the program the Republicans don't want you to see
now everyone goes hmmm... what the heck is IN this movie, to get them so upset?

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WhoCountsTheVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:53 PM
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10. I think you're right
It made the Republicans look like they have something to hide. They do, Reagan was a lousy president who couldn't even answer simple questions without reading from his script.
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Wickerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:09 PM
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13. God, we have made so little progress
we go from a moran who couldn't answer a simple question without reading from a script to a smirking chimp who can't answer a simple question while having it fed to him from his earpiece
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:19 PM
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17. Agree But For Different Reasons
Let's be real: how tough is CBS going to be on Ronnie? Especially while he's still living.
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 07:56 PM
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11. If it's as campy as they say
it could even become a cult classic, like Mommie Dearest.
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Ivote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:07 PM
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12. CENSORING MOVIES NOW
Maybe since what they seem to want is movies that are factual. What about re airing the Iran Contra hearings? I"m sure c-span might still have copies. Isn't that what could really be behind what is going on now in Iraq? We have all the same cast of characters.
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pretzel4gore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 11:48 PM
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22. who's heard of KAL 007?
notice the 20th anniversary (sept 1/83) of that con-job mass murder passed w/out a peep from massa media; they want people to forget it even happened cuz even now you look at it and 911 comes to mind IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!
how can a modern jetliner fly over hours 300 miles off course into some of deadliest airspace on earth w/out notification by Alaska ATC, Japan ATC or THE RUSSIANS THEMSELVES!!??
KAL 007 showed the vile bastards how to grease up a nation for some vicious screwing; in 20 years they'll pretend 911 never happened (oh, yeah them planes crashed into empire state building...buncha iraqis was pilots i remmber?? hohum...)
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xray s Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:18 PM
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16. More like 'Night Of The Living Dead'

Republicans protest Reagan movie



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NaMeaHou Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:17 PM
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15. Look at the results
the bastards got what they wanted - censorship again in another category. Now, every network will not even think of broadcasting anything questioning of the cons/neocons.
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Starpass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:24 PM
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19. Hmmm, you are on to something
Edited on Tue Nov-04-03 08:25 PM by Starpass
I think there should be an ad campaign based on what one of you said above: "the movie the republicans don't want you to see"---come on DNC, get with it because it not only gets people to watch/rent it (tell them it will be on video) but it immediately casts the repukes into some anti-American, evil doer, creeps, slimebag mold. We could do something with this IF we use our brains---opps, I forgot, I'm talking the Dems actually pushing something..how silly of me.
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lancdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:28 PM
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20. You make some really good points
I hadn't really looked at it that way, but you could very well be right.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-03 08:31 PM
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21. You know it was Brolin playing Reagan that yanked their chains
it pissed them off that Beautiful, Bright, and Popular Barbra Streisand's husband was playing their dimwitted gipper.

I would think of rehooking my high end cable to see it...but then again...nah...
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