Friday, September 08, 2006

Democrats vs. The 1st Amendment

Given that Minnesota has a Senate race this year, this is quite interesting and the Democratic candidate, Amy Klobuchar, should be asked about it.

The upcoming ABC show 'The Path to 9/11' has the Senate Democrats in a tizzy. So much so that they've sent a letter, signed by each of the leadership, to ABC. The most interesting part is as follows:
"Should Disney allow this programming to proceed as planned, the factual record, millions of viewers, countless schoolchildren, and the reputation of Disney as a corporation worthy of the trust of the American people and the United States Congress will be deeply damaged. We urge you, after full consideration of the facts, to uphold your responsibilities as a respected member of American society and as a beneficiary of the free use of the public airwaves to cancel this factually inaccurate and deeply misguided program."
You can read the full letter (and another analysis here). I particularly love the part about "countless schoolchildren" being "deeply damaged."

This is a thinly veiled threat to take legislative action, perhaps up to and including license-pulling, if ABC doesn't tell the 9/11 story the Democrats way. Should ABC be scared? I don't think so. Even if Democrats take over Congress this year will they actually pull ABCs broadcast licence? Hugh Hewett's take on this strikes me as the 'Occam's Razor' comment of the day:
"I suspect the extreme reaction of the Senate Democrats is based on the sudden recognition that the fall campaign will be waged on the single issue of which party is serious about national security."
Read his full post here.

Ms. Klobuchar needs to be asked "Would you have signed this letter?"

This says a great deal about the Democrats. ABCs response will say even more about the network.

Other links about this story can be found here, here, and here.

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