Thursday, November 11, 2004

Saving Private Oprah

Because of a stray boob at the Superbowl halftime program Americans are now assumed to be children. ABC is showing "Saving Private Ryan" tonight as a Veteran's Day tribute. Several affiliates, including Knoxville's WATE are not showing it because it might bring the FCC down upon them. Young Broadcasting, which owns the Knoxville station released a statement which I quote in part. "This has been a difficult and agonizing decision for us. However, we have a responsibility to operate in accord with the law, and until the FCC or the courts clarify what the broadcast legal standards are for programs of this type, we will continue to be confronted with these difficult choices." WATE is showing Oprah instead.
A few years ago, NBC showed "Schindler's List." Former House member, and now Senator-elect from Oklahoma, Tom Coburnsaid that the network sank "to an all-time low, with full frontal nudity, violence and profanity being shown in our homes;" and said that the tv ratings system "only encourages more sex and violence." Apparently this half-wit can't tell "Schindler's List" from Commando.
Advice: build your video libary, while you can.

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