Thursday, October 14, 2004

And We Should be Surprised by This?

FCC Won't Stop Airing of Anti-Kerry Film

..."Don't look to us to block the airing of a program," Michael Powell told reporters. "I don't know of any precedent in which the commission could do that."

Eighteen senators, all Democrats, wrote to Powell this week and asked him to investigate Sinclair Broadcast Group's plan to run the program, "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," two weeks before the Nov. 2 election.

Powell said there are no federal rules that would allow the agency to prevent the program. "I think that would be an absolute disservice to the First Amendment and I think it would be unconstitutional if we attempted to do so," he said.
I really don't know how to get it through to these thick headed neocon fucks. If it was a 10 nanosecond bare nipple, Mr. Powell would be all over it like a fly on a shitpile, never mind the argument of "first amendment" issues. If Powell pulled the plug on this Sinclair Broadcasting plan, "Stolen Honor" would never see the light of day. I'm not even going to post Powell's email addy and suggest that you write him. It would be a waste of time.

It's time to fight fire with fire. The Sinclair advertiser boycott will be in full swing shortly. And how much money does the Kerry campaign have in the kitty? How about buying a block of air time on, say, Oct. 29 to run "Going Upriver"? That should be doable, I would think.

The rules have changed.