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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 02:28 AM
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Right-wing moralists launch censor war (Sunday Herald)
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 02:30 AM by Jen6
Right-wing moralists launch censor war

Americas freedom of speech is under attack. Mickey Mouse and Private Ryan had better watch out, says Ros Davidson in Los Angeles


Senator John McCain, a one-time POW in Vietnam, introduced Saving Private Ryan on Thursday. A maverick Republican and a former presidential candidate, he spent much of Thursday trying to stem the desertions. The film is nowhere near indecent, he says angrily.

Initially, only 20 stations were expected to opt out. The 1998 movie has been shown twice before on ABC, to some complaints from viewers but without TV stations baling.
Previously, regulators have permitted some programmes with swearing to be aired when the language is justified artistically by the context. According to an agreement between Spielberg and the television network ABC, the film could not be edited for artistic reasons.
Thursdays widespread reaction worries cultural observers because of Americas constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and because ownership of TV and radio outlets has become dramatically consolidated in recent years.
Its self-censorship, says BJ Bullert, a communications scholar at the University of Washington. Theres a climate of intimidation, especially in response to the election. Its a new kind of cold war, and it comes from the top, from George Bush and Karl Rove.

The national mood is different now, and not just because of the election results. Moral values were cited by 22% of Americans as the top issue in the November 2 vote, according to pollsters.
In September, regulators fined CBS 299,000 for the live broadcast in January in which singer Janet Jacksons breast was bared briefly during half-time at the Super Bowl . Jacksons wardrobe malfunction prompted accusations of immorality from conservative activists, some viewers, members of Congress and commentators.
Rove, Bushs top political adviser, says: I think people are concerned about the coarseness of our culture, about what they see on TV and in movies.
Former Richard Nixon speechwriter William Safire, a columnist with The New York Times, describes it as the social political event of the past year. Conservative Christian groups, including the American Family Association, are also rallying against the new film Kinsey, released this weekend to critical acclaim, and starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.
The ideas in the film, directed by Oscar-winner Bill Condon who also made Gods And Monsters, promote pre-marital sex, which leads to abortion and Aids, claims the group Catholic Exchange.
Kinsey is a gripping and brutally honest, uncompromising and non-judgemental look at the controversial university researcher who revolutionised cultural attitudes towards sex in the 1940s and 1950s, said a CNN reviewer.

Robert Knight, of the curiously named Concerned Women for America, told Associated Press recently that Kinsey was akin to the notorious Nazi pseudo- scientist Dr Josef Mengele.
Knight backtracked on the comparison on Friday, but his reaction indicates the seriousness of Americas culture wars.

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RedTail Wolf Donating Member (372 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 02:43 AM
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1. Republicans always say they are the ones
fighting to save our rights and the Constitution but they are the ones who always pose the most danger to our rights and the Constitution. Time to get in the streets people, believe me if enough of us start massive protests, things will change! If we don't we will continue loosing basic rights at an alarming pace as long as these idiots are in power. The judiciary will be influenced for about 30 - 40 years by this "king" we have now. Reagan's judges are the ones trying journalists for not revealing their sources.
We had better wake up and get in the streets and stop this as soon as humanly possible!

RedTail Wolf
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 02:45 AM
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2. It's interesting
That we have to fear losing our freedoms to our own government.

I see a lot of "Vote Freedom First! Vote Bush!" bumper stickers around here. THey just don't grasp it: yes, I like freedom. That's why I voted for Kerry.
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:29 AM
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3. And that is a paper from Scotland
In the days we are headed to you had to go to Europe to pick up books etc. that they would not let into this country or Pub. I do think we are heading back to the 1950's guys.This is also just what the fundamentalist of the Middle East want. Don't you think that is really interesting?It all had a name and done under some law. if I recall.
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Killarney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:15 AM
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4. Republicans must be awful in bed.
Because they truly fear sex.
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mopaul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:19 AM
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5. why is porky pig allowed to go around with NO PANTS ON?
why didn't you attend church last week? what god do you worship? it better be the correct one.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:21 AM
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6. That Porky has always offended my sensitivities.
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