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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Democrats plan to file complaint with FCC against Sinclair Broadcasting

They didn't mind when CBS used false documents in the attempt to highlight what Bush did or did not do 30 years ago, but now that there will be a smaller broadcast of John Kerry's undisputed anti-war activity and how it affected those who fought in Vietnam and those who were held as POW's NOW a broadcaster is biased.

To many of us Kerry's anti-war activity is highly relevent to today's world and today's campaign. It happened at a pivotal time in our history and given the pivotal times of today it is legitimate to broadcast the content of Stolen Honor.

Nobody but conservatives was pointing out the ties Rather had to the Democrats or his daugther's ties, but now the Post is making sure that everyone knows that Sinclair Broadcasting has donated money to the Republican's. Fair play is fair play. Report all of it, not just what you want.

I agreed with Sinclair refusing to air the reading of the names of dead soldiers in Iraq, primarily because it was a pure political ploy. The didn't bother to include the names of those who had been killed in Afganistan, it was not simply intended to honor war dead.

Personally I hope the showing of Stolen Honor causes John Kerry great emotional pain, as great as his activities caused others.



Blogger KJ said...

If you're willing to concede that it would be "wrong" (or at least unethical) for a braodcasting company to force their affiliates to air "Fahrenheit 9/11" before the election, then you must admit that what Sinclair is doing is equally unethical. Both are documentaries made to clearly smear the candidate of choice.

You argue that the documentary is legitimate because the 1960's were a pivotal time just as 2004 is and because Kerry behaved a certain way then, he would then surely behave smimilarly today? If this is true, then wouldn't the same logic be applied to Bush's actions during a pivotal time in our history? I believe they can be cahracterized using two words: substance abuse.

You won't find me debating that Bush is a bad president for his actions 40 years ago but I would point out that if you're to use this logic, it has to wash with your candidate and any attack made on him.

I'll close with a quote from John McCain on the decision made by Sinclair to not air the 500 names of people who were killed in Iraq. McCain, remember, is supporting Bush this year and spent years in an POW comp in Vietnam. He leans to the right.

"Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of war's terrible costs, in all their heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public, and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces," McCain, a Vietnam veteran, wrote in a letter to David Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group. "It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the public opprobrium it most certainly deserves."

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