Another reason that the government shouldn't control broadcast licenses

Democrats threaten ABC stations with losing their broadcast license if they don't broadcast what the Dems want. Of course there were the stories of this being done during Pres. Johnson's administration and Nixon to a lesser extent, but I had thought that this type of extreme threat was no longer viable because people would be outraged. I don't see the media turning on the Democrats for making this threat. If Republicans made this threat, what do you think would happen?

ABC is frantically recutting its $40 million miniseries about 9/11 amid a blistering backlash over fictional scenes that lay the blame on the Clinton administration.
Also feeling the heat was Scholastic, which yanked a classroom guide tie-in to the program.

Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, the former head of the 9/11 commission and a paid consultant on the ABC miniseries, told the Daily News yesterday that some controversial scenes in "The Path to 9/11" were being removed or changed. . . .

Unmollified, Democrats continued to demand that ABC yank the two-night docudrama that former President Bill Clinton's spokesman called "despicable." It is scheduled to start airing Sunday. . . .

Several top Democratic senators, including Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Harry Reid of Nevada, accused ABC boss Bob Iger in a letter of airing "right-wing political propaganda" and obliquely threatened his broadcast license. . . .


Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Republicans did make this type of threat - they did it to PBS.

We are not a country complete with all freedom loving 'Americans' . We are a country (like any other) full of native born nazis. And the ones that claim to hate nazis don't know what freedom entails.

9/08/2006 3:48 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

I mentioned Nixon, but PBS an entirely different situation since it is "owned" by the government. The government has some control over what people do with government television. Just because liberals were put in there originally by an earlier government doesn't mean that they can control things forever. Personally, it would make the most sense to sell off PBS to private owners and then keep the government out of the entire debate.

9/10/2006 2:53 AM  

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