Thursday, September 07, 2006
The Democrats threaten Disney over movie's portrayal of Saint Bill. Now of course they are free to say whatever they want about Bush, people do that all the time without worrying about that whole truth/justice/fairness thing, but slick Willie and his legacy..well that is something else entirely.

Speaking of the first amendment I don't know if I feel comfortable with these people running things or not.


The Captain has something to say about this new development.

The Democrats do not do subtlety, or do not do it successfully. They plan on using the power of the federal government to demand political changes to a program before it airs, a dangerous precedent and a completely different problem than what existed before. Presumably, this would become yet another fruit of their takeover of the House should they succeed in the midterms. It makes an excellent argument for extended Republican control.

If the Democrats do not like what ABC wants to broadcast, they have every right to protest it -- and in this case, they had a point. They can organize protests and boycotts, letter-writing campaigns and so on. What they cannot do is to threaten a broadcast license for political differences, regardless of the situation. It violates the spirit of free speech and makes the Democrats look like Big Brother.

Many people have pointed out that conservatives protested the factual deficiencies in "The Reagans" three years ago and wonder why they suddenly consider criticism invalid. The Democrats also appear to have completely changed their position as well. This is what they said about conservative criticism of CBS three years ago, and without a Republican threat against their broadcast license:

"No, there are no First Amendment violations here. The RNC protested the content of a program, which is its right, and CBS voluntarily pulled that program off the air, which is its right.

"But the decision makes it very easy to imagine a future where representatives for the Bush administration have the power to disapprove of any content that touches politics, policy, or history — including news programs."

These people are about as nuanced as a cement mixer. Now let's imagine them doing foreign policy.


chuck said...

Speaking of the first amendment I don't know if I feel comfortable with these people running things or not.

I know I'm not. Nor do I want these folks running Treasury and making appointments to the IRS.

I wonder if Disney will fight this? If it all explodes into the public eye and Disney makes their case I suspect the Democrats will regret their actions.

terrye said...

I think it is a stupid thing for the Democrats to do. They look like a bunch of whiney ass snotty crybabies throwing their weight around.

Gormless Norman said...

I'm glad to see we agree on something Terrye, and I'm sorry I compared you to a mule. You're completely right, this does make the Dems look bad, and hopefully it will come back to bite them. It's particularly arrogant of Bill, because he's willing to make the Dems look petty simply because the movie portrayed him in a bad light. He's not even the one running for office. It's just like his "surgical strike" on an empty building in the middle of the night in response to the USS Cole bombing: who cares what the reality is or what's best for the defense of the country, all that matters is the public's perception of him, Bill Clinton.