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impeach the gop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-25-03 09:57 PM
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Should Television Shows Be Censored?
The time has come to quit_______ing
around and talk about censorship. We of
the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
have had our share of censorship
problems, but we are not against
censorship because we realize there is
always the danger of something being
said.

Many people feel that censorship is a
violation of Freedom of Speech...Bull
feathers...Censorship is NOT
unconstitutional. Censors have the right to
censor what you hear. The Bill of Rights
says nothing about Freedom of Hearing.
This, of course, takes alot of the fun out of
the Freedom of Speech. Ha, ha,
ha...Without censorship of television, how
else can you, the American public, have
the protection you want from vulgar
scenes, over-exposed bodies and all the
other sights you like to see...There is
nothing in the Bill of Rights about Freedom
of Seeing. You can look for it, but if you
see it, you'd better not show it to anybody.

Therefore, censorship does not interfere
with the constitutional right of every
American to sit alone in the dark, in the
nude and cuss...the censors on our show
are not unreasonable...I know these
men...They like a good joke and they
object to questionable material only if the
audience laughs at it, which is...I'm sure
you would agree...very reasonable.
Without the censors we would all be at the
mercy of the warped minds of the
television industry and Deity only knows
what you would see, probably some of the
most foul, nasty, disgusting, vulgar,
funniest, greatest stuff in the world.

But let's face it; there have to be some
realistic taboos...especially with political
comment. After all, the leaders of our
country were not elected to be tittered at.
The censors have to draw the line
somewhere. For instance, we are allowed
to say Ronald Reagan is a lousy
actor...but we're not allowed to say he's a
lousy governor...which is ridiculous...we
know he's a good actor...And you can't
say ANYTHING bad about President
Johnston...because you shouldn't insult the
President...but if you compliment
him...who will believe it?...

So in conclusion, you can see that there is
a place for censors and we only wish that
we could tell you where it is.

Thank you,

Patrick L. Paulsen, V.P.

Could the speech writer from long ago be now writing for smirky? Sure sounds familiar :-)

http://www.paulsen.com/
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