Originally Posted by FeelTheLove
What escapes me is where the "threat" is. I saw none in their letter. The broadcast license allusion simply mentioned their duties as licensees.
People demand retractions of inaccuracies all the time. How is doing so "prior restraint"? And censorship? Where? They have no power to censor anyone.
When you and I demand a retraction or when we demand that a station pull out a program or a studio edit a film it means squat. We have no power over the station or the studio.
When the government, or when members of the government make threats, however veiled they may be, it carries quite a different impact.
A reference to "duties as a licensee" is coda for: "you do what we tell you or we yank your license." Anyone who doesn't see it that way is being extremely naive.
I think that government censorhip, prior restrains and even veiled threats of potential "consequences" is wrong and just plain odious.
Even you would have to agree with that premise. And you should be candid enough to see the same standards applied to Dems and Reps and you should be willing to using the same yardstick to measure the actions of both parties. Anything less than that is just plain hypocrisy.
It is stupid for the Dems to get all worked up over this TV movie.
1. It makes them look petty, scared and plain silly;
2. It goes against their self-professed devotion to the 1st Am.; AND
3. IT IS JUST A MOVIE...JUST A MOVIE...JUST A MOVIE
Politicians, from both side of the aisle, need to show a little bit more faith in the American public. We are not children, we can figure it out.
BTW and just to deflect any potential retort...I would be ridiculing the Reps if they were doing the same thing.