Monday, September 17, 2007

Network thought police censors Dixie Chicks ad (a blast from the past)

Damn that "liberal" media! Damn 'em, damn 'em, damn 'em!

Google was sluggish this morn, so we decided to bring forth a story that's been on the backburner since late last year. This story just goes to show how out of step with America the right-wing TV networks are.

A year ago there was a popular film out called 'Dixie Chicks: Shut Up And Sing'. It was a critically acclaimed documentary about the band's struggles with being blacklisted and threatened by the Nazis after lead singer Natalie Maines dared to criticize dictator Bush. But NBC was proud as a peacock to refuse to run commercials for the film. NBC's excuse was that the ad was "disparaging to President [sic] Bush."

In other words, a movie about a band being blacklisted by right-wing extremists was now itself being blacklisted by the right-wing extremists at NBC. It just doesn't get any more right-wing extremisty than this.

Of course NBC ran the anti-Kerry ads by the Swiftboat Liars in 2004. Not only that, but NBC (and other networks) reported the Swifties' lies as fact.

Although some individual stations (including some NBC affiliates) did air the Dixie Chicks commersh, it's unknown how many networks besides NBC refused to carry it.

I think this right-wing victim fantasy about the "liberal" media can be laid to rest now, don't ya think?


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