Skip to comments.CBS PETITIONED TO PROBE SHOWTIME
Posted on 06/09/2005 11:50:50 AM PDT by Dancing Jane
CBS PETITIONED TO PROBE SHOWTIME
Catholic League president William Donohue explained today the leagues strategy for dealing with Showtime, the cable network that recently aired a hate-filled episode of Penn and Teller:
On May 23, 24 and 27, Showtimes Penn and Teller aired the Holier Than Thou episode that has so enraged Catholics, as well as people of all faiths (click here). The obscene assault on Mother Teresa, her Missionaries of Charity and the Catholic Church was arguably the most vicious anti-Catholic fare ever shown on television in the United States. An excerpt of this show was sent to 350 persons of influence, including every bishop who commands a diocese. Now we want results.
Beginning today, we are launching a nation-wide campaign demanding that CBS initiate a probe into this matter. Why CBS? Showtime is owned by Viacom, and Viacom has many subsidiaries in the entertainment and communications industries, none of which is more prominent than CBS. Now it may be that those who work at CBS had nothing to do with the offending Showtime episode. Nonetheless, CBS bears corporate responsibility. Just as important, the famous CBS name has been sullied by what Showtime did.
We are focusing our attention on two persons: Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, and Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network (Showtime is a Paramount TV studio that will remain with CBS even if Viacom splits into two entities this summer). The petition (click here) seeks justice: We want those responsible for this bigoted assault on Catholicism to be held accountable for the damage they have done.
In addition to pushing this petition on our website, we will ask our members to get involved: the July-August edition of Catalyst, our monthly journal, will reprint the petition. We are most proud of the support that we have received from those outside the Catholic community. They know whats at stake and they look to CBS to correct it.
Sorry moderator, I meant to post to religion. Could you move it? Thanks.
Quit my subscription to Showtime over a year ago.
That being said, I don't get Showtime, so their new routine may be quite a bit different from what I've heard.
Isn't that petitioning "the pot" to probe "the kettle"?
Yeah, right, like CBS is a bastion of honesty & decency.
Why isn't the Catholic League addressing the claims of Penn & Teller instead. Those being that her "hospices" provided no medical care, and that those dying at the hospices were not allowed to see their loved ones? That she thought it was important for those who were in the hospice to suffer?
No, let's just try to ban the show instead.
This is extraordinary. How dreadful. Not insult is too low, apparently.
I did not see this "program" on Showtime. Anyone out there see it?
I thought the show was pretty good, myself.
Don't forget, they went after the Dali Lama and Ghandi as well.
Anyone see the show they did on PC in colleges?
Um...because they're Penn & Teller.
Penn is an atheist and derides anyone who follows any religion.
Yes, and I taped it. It was great and very true.
Indeed. Donahue is just like some CAIR flack who sidesteps the issue of the dysfunctional terrorist-breeding Wahabi subculture and its state sponsors.
I don't get Showtime, either, but I've really enjoyed Penn and Tellers 'myth bustin' series the couple of times I've seen it. I wonder if they did some Catholic myth bustin'. Bustin' myths would certainly harm Donahue's beliefs. That's enough reason for him to be afraid.
No, let's just try to ban the show instead.
I didn't see anything in the article that stated that the Catholic League has called for the show to be banned.
Did I miss something?
There is a web site that purports to debunk Mother Teresa and show that she was not as charitable as the media lets on.
I did not go into it so cannot give an opinion ( If I want your opinion I'll give it to you!).
If someone finds it it might shed some light on P&T's show.
It was great and very true.It's true that Mother Teresa's "'hospices' provided no medical care, and that those dying at the hospices were not allowed to see their loved ones? That she thought it was important for those who were in the hospice to suffer"?
"...dysfunctional terrorist-breeding Wahabi subculture and its state sponsors."
Interesting analogy between Islamic terrorists and Catholics. Thanks for the insight...into your mindset.
Penn is a libertarian...and like South Park, no cow is sacred to these guys and I don't mind...if they use equal jabbing...
To be fair, Penn and Teller did lampoon PETA earlier on Showtime.
Ping. Any of you see this?
I was referring to skip-intro's talking about the episode about PC on college campuses.
I don't know Penn's background, but those "claims" are straight out of ACT UP's handbook. Vile, disgusting lies.
> a woman who devoted her entire life to...
Jet-setting around the world and collecting fat checks from thieves that didn't go for food and medicine for the poor.
> a fat, bloated lard like Mr. Penn ...
... a man who has done FAR more to advance the human condition than Mother Theresa. Penn (and Teller, and Randi, and Carson, and Houdini before them) has spent years exposing frauds and saving lives.
> There are no such thing as Catholic terrorists.
I'm sure there are some in Ireland who might argue with you.
> Why isn't the Catholic League addressing the claims of Penn & Teller instead.
Because they can't.
... a man who has done FAR more to advance the human condition than Mother Theresa.
That may be the most unintentionally funny thing I have ever read.
SHOWTIME? You can't mean that paragon of reason that cancelled the excellent "Odyssey 5" to be replaced with the execrable, gay-recruiting series "Queer as Folk"?
All these things are apparantly true. There have been several from her organization that have spoken out about things like this but it has never received any press coverage.
Besides, Penn and Teller had a show a season or two ago where they bashed religion in general. No one was up in arms then. People only freak out when somone sneezes on a Qu'ran.
Thanks for clearing that up, and my apologies for the misunderstanding. Having worked as a volunteer in Mother Teresa's AIDS hospice downtown, I see red when I hear her hospices being ridiculed rather than ACTUP's damnable lies.
In spite of my enjoyment of Stargate SG-1, I abandoned Showtime after their first couple of left-wing political tirades posing as informative docudramas. One was the Clarence Thomas thing. I forget what the other one was.
They are lies.
Hitchens is a vehement atheist of the kind that is always offended by anyone's faith. His book has been charitably reviewed as being short on facts and largely consisting of his own opinions. He's an essayist with no pretense to being unbiased, and one thing that really made him mad was the 'rush' to beatify Mother Teresa. Although why a self-proclaimed socialist aethist would care is beyond me.:)
Their "Bulls**t" shows on showtime take on certain topics, and then go about ripping them to shreds. Sometimes conservatives look upon these episodes favorably, and other times, well, you get the idea. It all depends on whos ox gets gored.
But these guys can get really extreme and offensive, which is something that they've always enjoyed in their act.
They had an episode on PETA, where they just tore PETA to shreds, which was pretty much univerally praised here.
What specifically are lies?
Did you see the episode on recycling?
That must have really PO'd the greens!
Her hospices weren't sporting any hospital beds, ice chips, pain relievers or other medication. These people died on mats on the floor in agony. The only thing different was there were no dogs.
No, but they do kill people because of the victims religion. And a Catholic priest was in charge of an IRA squad that bombed Claudy.
The political fight is based on nationalism. People are targeted because of their religion.
Similar to Dennis Miller back when he was on HBO?
Yes, religion is a part of the problem in Ireland. Marching season is when most of the trouble occurs.
Will Penn and Teller be doing a sequel on Islam anything soon. Scared to try that one I'll bet. What low lifes.