Democrat Thuggery: It’s No Accident
Hot Air notes another Democrat mafia-style implied threat to ABC’s broadcast license — this time from Howard Dean:
“It’s deeply disappointing that ABC would put something on the air that has been proven to have factual inaccuracies about one of the most important events in our nation’s history. ABC should not air this distortion of history.
“The fact that the writer/producer of the piece is a well known conservative raises additional concerns and questions. The American people deserve to know who funded this $40 million dollar slanderous propaganda. Use of the public airwaves is a privilege conferred upon broadcasters in the public interest. It comes with a responsibility to the American people and a responsibility to the truth.”
Howard Dean, Thug.
On one hand, I agree that the very idea of censorship is anti-democratic.
On the other hand, I have to laugh at anyone who claims that Dean’s antics, or the yammering of any of the individuals speaking out against this film are a “democrat” phenominon. This is politics as usual in America.
It’s neither a democratic nor republican phenominon, it’s just a dirty political trick. Just look at the reaction to F/911, the successful effort to get CBS to quash “The Reagans,” and the current efforts to make the FBI the nation’s morality police by bringing obscenity prosecutions against porn producers. All the efforts of factions of the Republican party to control speech. As far as I know, none have been met with outrage on this blog.Phil (4a2c26) — 9/9/2006 @ 9:39 am
The Republicans weren’t threatening *legal action* to shut down things they didn’t like.
They weren’t threatening FCC licenses or implying legislative retribution.
I seriously wish people would quit trying to falsely equate ‘fans protesting to the studio’ with ‘threatening the studio with official action’.Chuckg (b682cf) — 9/9/2006 @ 9:45 am
Do you think he’s incorrect? Do you think that broadcast licenses are a right, not a privilege?actus (6234ee) — 9/9/2006 @ 10:26 am
Anyway, just a reminder: The FCC is headed by a Bush appointee.
The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are controlled by the Republican Party.
So, tell me again what ‘thuggish … official action’ the mean Democrats are going to bring down on the poor little Americananonymous (fc5c4f) — 9/9/2006 @ 10:27 am
Broadcasting Corporation and that cute little mouse?
As far as I know, none have been met with outrage on this blog.
How very clever, Phil. I could use the same logic to say: “As far as I know, Phil, you’ve never condemned child molesters.” Of course, I have no either whether you have or not, so I really have no idea whether it’s true. But, taking a cue from the Book of Phil, if I want to suggest that you support child molestation, I need only say that, “as far as I know,” you’ve never condemned this evil practice.
As to your specific examples of my supposed silence on your other issues, I spent some time refuting your incorrect assumption, so I made a post out of it. You can read it here.Patterico (de0616) — 9/9/2006 @ 10:43 am
So, tell me again what ‘thuggish … official action’ the mean Democrats are going to bring down on the poor little American
Broadcasting Corporation and that cute little mouse?
We’ll find out if and when they take over either the House or the Senate (or both). That’s the threat: ABC and Disney know that’s a possibility.
It’s like when Kerry’s spokesman said about “Stolen Honor”: “I think they’re going to regret doing this, and they better hope we don’t win.”Patterico (de0616) — 9/9/2006 @ 10:45 am
Clinton and the democrats are attempting to take away my Constitutional right to watch “The Path to 911” on ABC. I want to watch the docudrama unedited. I am perfectly able to form my own decisions and I don’t need the dems. to do that for me. If this is what it would be like to live under democratic ‘rule’, then we may as well live in Russia. Terrorists-democrats, they both want to control our thinking and our lives. The difference is the dems. haven’t started killing us yet. Give them their way and they will let the terrorists do it for them….ie 911.Patricia Long (772096) — 9/9/2006 @ 10:51 am
You think there’s a danger that democrats won’t extend copyrights anymore? I doubt it.actus (6234ee) — 9/9/2006 @ 10:52 am
Cute, but government has plenty of ways to get at broadcasters, even if it does seem slavishly devoted to protecting Mickey’s copyright every time it might disappear.Patterico (de0616) — 9/9/2006 @ 10:57 am
[…] Phil, a commenter, former journalist, and current liberal, says in a comment to my post about Howard Dean’s thuggish threat to ABC’s broadcast license: On one hand, I agree that the very idea of censorship is anti-democratic. […]Patterico’s Pontifications » As Far As Phil Knows, Patterico Is a Hypocrite (421107) — 9/9/2006 @ 11:02 am
I suppose so. My university’s student run radio station nearly lost its FM license because of the content of a broadcast. The Uni had to agree to take it away from students in order to keep the license.actus (6234ee) — 9/9/2006 @ 11:18 am
Your government, ensuring that any speech is proper. Isn’t that why we have government?
(Yes, it’s sarcasm.)Patterico (de0616) — 9/9/2006 @ 11:21 am
Not any. Not to someone who knows that we have broadcast law allocating a scarce spectrum. You’re smarter than this.actus (6234ee) — 9/9/2006 @ 11:28 am
I have an idea which should appeal to the Democrats sense of free speech and at the same time will help them accomplish their objectives. They should allow ABC to air the broadcast but declare that it will be illegal to watch any part of the show. Democrqatic precinct captains could then patrol the neighborhoods and report any of their neighbors violating this directive. So everybody wins-the broadcast airs, free speech is preseerved, but no damage is done as far as the Clinton legacy and cya Clintonoids are concerned.R Solomon (9b9dda) — 9/9/2006 @ 12:20 pm
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Out of curiosity, are any of the Democrats sending out these threatening letters to Disney up for re-election this November?DubiousD (b5e185) — 9/9/2006 @ 1:29 pm
I’d like to know who those democrats are also.Patricia Long (772096) — 9/9/2006 @ 2:04 pm
Their names are on the letters.actus (6234ee) — 9/9/2006 @ 2:19 pm
How do we find out?Patricia Long (772096) — 9/9/2006 @ 4:11 pm
When can we start voting these rotten jackasses out of office when can we start lynching these nazi demacrats?krazy kagu (cf73c3) — 9/9/2006 @ 5:01 pm
Wherever you read the letters should have their names.actus (6234ee) — 9/9/2006 @ 7:10 pm
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