Skip to comments.Senate Dems Threaten Disney's Broadcast License
Posted on 09/07/2006 7:46:18 PM PDT by george76
Sens. Reid, Durbin, Stabenow, Schumer, and Dorgan sent a letter to Disney today containing the following passages:...
Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation.
The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest.
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.
We look forward to hearing back from you soon.
(Excerpt) Read more at media.nationalreview.com ...
Where is the freedom of speach ?
Mr. Robert A. Iger
President and CEO
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank CA 91521
Reid is an embarassment to Mormons as Clinton is an embarassment to Baptists and Kennedy is an embarassment to Catholics.
Then why was nothing done to Hippo Moores lie laden piece of crap about 9/11.? We know why, there are different rules for the RATS!
Wow, the Democrats seem to be suffering from panic here. What are they afraid of? Oh, yes -- the American public will be reminded of what spineless cowards made up the Clinton Administration. Poor Democrats, they may actually lose some voters in November from this.
The Justice Department should go after the Senators who threaten ABC/Disney with such blackmail.
No way ABC can resist this kind of pressure. Instead, they'll broadcast highlights from the 2004 Gay Games.
I love it.
The good thing about this...
We now have free reign to censor Michael Moore's next movie.
Nah, that's covered by the First Amendment unlike criticism of democrats.
Sounds like a thinly-veiled threat to pull a broadcast license by these senate dems.....
Can anyone say abuse of power?
This must be a really good show!
They should be sued for this at least. This is an outrage and should disqualify them from office. They are telling the American people, You will NOT hear versions of history other than what WE allow, and we will use the power of the government to punish you if you disobey. They are unhinged and totally unethical.
I guess that Sens. Reid, Durbin, Stabenow, Schumer, and Dorgan aren't going to let the First Ammendment get in the way of their agenda. Aren't these the usual suspects accusing President Bush of shredding The Constitution?
All three are an embarrassment to self respecting morons everywhere.
This is going to be a defining moment in the mid-term elections.
The democrats are displaying their true colors and are attempting to control what is disseminated to the masses, not unlike Pravda.
I live in America, if the democrats don't like the messenger, let's see them for ABC to cease broadcast operations.
Do I expect ABC to cave, yes. Does that change the fact that this issue is a gift wrapped in hypocrisy delivered to the Republicans? The simple answer is no.
Bring it on Harry Reid and those of your ilk. You pompous ass.
I am frankly shocked to see this kind of talk - and little from Dems can shock me these days.
This is absolutely Soviet.
Memo to Harry R
Extortion is a crime.
Will this be a "come to realizer" for the media? Will they have their own professional epiphany?
The party they support has just threatened their First Amendment rights. Indeed, their very existence. The tone and manner leave no question that, if the Democrats were in power, they would act ruthlessly to suppress the network.
Will the media respond with appeasement and obeisance to their political masters? Or will they realize the implications of what they've just been asked to do?
This could be interesting...
They got away with it when they threatened Sinclair over the John Kerry piece. What would make them think it wouldn't work again?
Come on, Bush is too nice, too nonpartisan, too compassionate, too stupid, or something.
I feel a chill wind blowing, nore like a chill hurricane.
Fascists striking down ABC's right to free speech!
Tim Robbins where are you?
I truly didn't think the Democrats could do anything that would be lower than their past pranks, but this truly takes the cake. I am speechless.
Hopefully this will be used in the campaigns.
September 7, 2006
Mr. Robert A. Iger
President and CEO
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank CA 91521
Dear Mr. Iger,
We write with serious concerns about the planned upcoming broadcast of The Path to 9/11 mini-series on September 10 and 11. Countless reports from experts on 9/11 who have viewed the program indicate numerous and serious inaccuracies that will undoubtedly serve to misinform the American people about the tragic events surrounding the terrible attacks of that day. Furthermore, the manner in which this program has been developed, funded, and advertised suggests a partisan bent unbecoming of a major company like Disney and a major and well respected news organization like ABC. We therefore urge you to cancel this broadcast to cease Disneys plans to use it as a teaching tool in schools across America through Scholastic. Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation.
The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events.
Disney and ABC claim this program to be based on the 9/11 Commission Report and are using that assertion as part of the promotional campaign for it. The 9/11 Commission is the most respected American authority on the 9/11 attacks, and association with it carries a special responsibility. Indeed, the very events themselves on 9/11, so tragic as they were, demand extreme care by any who attempt to use those events as part of an entertainment or educational program. To quote Steve McPhereson, president of ABC Entertainment, When you take on the responsibility of telling the story behind such an important event, it is absolutely critical that you get it right.
Unfortunately, it appears Disney and ABC got it totally wrong.
Despite claims by your networks representatives that The Path to 9/11 is based on the report of the 9/11 Commission, 9/11 Commissioners themselves, as well as other experts on the issues, disagree.
Richard Ben-Veniste, speaking for himself and fellow 9/11 Commissioners who recently viewed the program, said, As we were watching, we were trying to think how they could have misinterpreted the 9/11 Commissions findings the way that they had. [9/11 Miniseries Is Criticized as Inaccurate and Biased, New York Times, September 6, 2006]
Richard Clarke, the former counter-terrorism czar, and a national security advisor to ABC has described the program as deeply flawed and said of the programs depiction of a Clinton official hanging up on an intelligence agent, Its 180 degrees from what happened. [9/11 Miniseries Is Criticized as Inaccurate and Biased, New York Times, September 6, 2006]
Reports suggest that an FBI agent who worked on 9/11 and served as a consultant to ABC on this program quit halfway through because, he thought they were making things up. [MSNBC, September 7, 2006]
Even Thomas Kean, who serves as a paid consultant to the miniseries, has admitted that scenes in the film are fictionalized. [9/11 Miniseries Is Criticized as Inaccurate and Biased, New York Times, September 6, 2006]
That Disney would seek to broadcast an admittedly and proven false recounting of the events of 9/11 raises serious questions about the motivations of its creators and those who approved the deeply flawed program. Finally, that Disney plans to air commercial-free a program that reportedly cost it $40 million to produce serves to add fuel to these concerns.
These concerns are made all the more pressing by the political leaning of and the public statements made by the writer/producer of this miniseries, Mr. Cyrus Nowrasteh, in promoting this miniseries across conservative blogs and talk shows.
Frankly, that ABC and Disney would consider airing a program that could be construed as right-wing political propaganda on such a grave and important event involving the security of our nation is a discredit both to the Disney brand and to the legacy of honesty built at ABC by honorable individuals from David Brinkley to Peter Jennings. Furthermore, that Disney would seek to use Scholastic to promote this misguided programming to American children as a substitute for factual information is a disgrace.
As 9/11 Commission member Jamie Gorelick said, It is critically important to the safety of our nation that our citizens, and particularly our school children, understand what actually happened and why so that we can proceed from a common understanding of what went wrong and act with unity to make our country safer.
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. We look forward to hearing back from you soon.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid
Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin
Senator Debbie Stabenow
Senator Charles Schumer
Senator Byron Dorgan
down with Liberal scum
"The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest.
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 ...."
Wonder if they they also will be consistent and demand telmundo and univision also change their programing to serve the American public's interests?
and Gore made An Inconvenient Truth.
I think the FCC already knows about Senator Frist.... ;-)
Democrats run to the government to get censorship, what hypocrites.
They are starting to eat their own. The end is near.
--Instead, they'll broadcast highlights from the 2004 Gay Games.--
2004 Gay Games? What about the 2006 Gay Games which occurred right here in Chicago!
Excellent. This is precisely what the GOP base needs to see to get motivated for November.
Kerry's camp threatened the same thing against Sinclair Broadcasting during the 2004 election. It doesn't work.
Someone should ask Murtha if he agrees with this stuff.
You are correct. But ABC has ten "Owned & Operated" stations.
The networks earn a major share of their operating profits from the O&O's. Recall that it was Capital Cities Broadcasting -- a station operator -- who bought ABC, not the other way around.
Excuse grammar in paragraph three.
Shoud read, I live in America, if the democrats don't like the messenger, let's see them force ABC to cease broadcast operations.
IF, this is true, this is criminal.
This is not even a veiled threat.
"The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license.."
these guys are f*n Nazis
Mr. Clarke is saying, I guess, that the Clinton official (Mr. Clarke, perhaps?) actually called up the intel agent, and the agent hung up....
The DemoRats are in high panic mode on this, and are doing a full court press from all angles on the network.
One of Rush Limbaugh's callers today hit the nail squarely on the head (and I paraphrase):
This mini-series does an admirable job of making you understand who the enemy really is. You cannot watch this without coming to the correct conclusion: It is the Islamofascists. What is making the Liberals absolutely crazy is that people will see that the Islamofascists are the enemy, not President Bush, not Cheney, not Rove and not Haliburton. Which runs counter to EVERYTHING they have been saying for the last several years.
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