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YouTube Censors Anti-Dem 'Scary Movie' Commercial [Lefty users block non-registered from viewing]
NewsBusters ^ | October 10, 2006

Posted on 10/10/2006 5:16:07 PM PDT by RatherBiased.com

The video sharing site YouTube, just recently purchased by Google, has once again allowed a band of determined users to censor something they don't like.

The latest casualty is a a controversial spoof political ad by a Republican filmmaker David Zucker (producer of such films as "Scary Movie 4," "Airplane," among others) which depicts former secretary of state Madeline Albright, a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration, acting as a maid, servant and cheerleader for Islamic terrorists and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. After the Republican party declined to run with it, the ad was sent to Matt Drudge who splashed it worldwide by embedding it in a page on his site.

The story doesn't end there, though. After Drudge picked it up, Democratic YouTube viewers used the site's software to "flag" the video as "inappropriate," a designation usually reserved for extremely violent or sexually explicit video clips. There is nothing even remotely sexual or violent in the clip. The closest thing to an explicit image in the ad is a scene in which "Albright" bends over and her skirt tears a bit in the seat, hardly the stuff that sets FCC commissioners' hearts aflutter.

While you can still view the video if you watch it embedded on another web site, if you try to watch it on YouTube, you'll be greeted with the message: "This video may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community. To view this video, please verify you are 18 or older by logging in or signing up."

This isn't the first time YouTube's editorial buzzsaw has dismembered conservative and politically incorrect speech. The site has repeatedly pulled videos critical of Islam, and even gone so far as banning popular conservative blogger Michelle Malkin from posting videos. No similarly high-profile liberal or anti-Christian censorship has been reported.

Questions also remain about YouTube's editorial process. It appears that the site allows anything (including sexually suggestive content and entire episodes of television shows) to be posted initially but if too many complaints about a particular clip come in, the software will automatically censor it. Almost certainly what happened with the Zucker ad is that liberal users complained it was "offensive" and managed to get the clip censored automatically.

I'm certain that the site allows administrators to override user votes for and against video clips. Will they do so in a patently obvious case of "flag spam" or will YouTube once again allow angry activists to censor speech they dislike? YouTube put controls on disingenuous users who aren't looking out for objectionable content but instead trying to stifle those with whom they disagree?

Here's a link to Hot Air's embedded version of the ad. Decide for yourself whether the ad is "inappropriate."


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KEYWORDS: albright; censorship; clinton; comercial; commercial; davidzucker; democratic; leftistpuppetmasters; mattdrudge; republican; youtube
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1 posted on 10/10/2006 5:16:08 PM PDT by RatherBiased.com
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So typical of these leftwingers to bow to the censorious will of their masters in Peiping.


2 posted on 10/10/2006 5:17:38 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: RatherBiased.com

I think republicans as a rule are more tolerant than dems...if an army of us decided to flag a video as inappropriate, it would be marked as well.


3 posted on 10/10/2006 5:19:23 PM PDT by mx5
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To: muawiyah

You can still get it on Drudge.


4 posted on 10/10/2006 5:19:47 PM PDT by Atlantian
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To: RatherBiased.com

Darn, I just signed up 30 minutes ago so I could watch it! I KNEW I shoulda waited...


5 posted on 10/10/2006 5:19:54 PM PDT by IrishRainy (The only way BJ Clinton would have nailed bin Laden is if Ossama had been a White House intern.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

I didn't know David Zucker was a Republican.


6 posted on 10/10/2006 5:20:06 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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It is still there, however it has been marked as
log in and declare yo are over age 18.
Here it is
7 posted on 10/10/2006 5:20:41 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: RatherBiased.com

Just watched it on Drudge, LOL, excellent.


8 posted on 10/10/2006 5:20:43 PM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: RatherBiased.com
One little story from Drudge, and youtube's currency just went down. Everyone who clicks on the film and finds themselves with an obstacle will think youtube is biased and unreliable.

A competitor will arrive, and Google can't buy them all. But this ad is up all over the place, and is probably multiplying like a virus all over the web.

We're going to wish we'd sold Google when it had its nice little jump this week.

9 posted on 10/10/2006 5:20:49 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: muawiyah
I noticed that as well
10 posted on 10/10/2006 5:20:52 PM PDT by cmsgop ( President Mahmud Ahmadinejad Must Purify Himself in The Waters of Lake Minnetonka)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Other than being offensive to dhimmicrats and Halfbright, there wasn't anything there that smacked of violence or obscenity. There's only one conclusion we can draw from it's removal.


11 posted on 10/10/2006 5:21:08 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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It is still there, however it has been marked as
"inappropriate for some audiences" and therefore you have to
log in and declare yo are over age 18.
Here it is
12 posted on 10/10/2006 5:21:16 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: Repeal The 17th

Try Thishttp://hotair.com/archives/2006/10/10/video-the-zucker-ad/


13 posted on 10/10/2006 5:21:57 PM PDT by cmsgop ( President Mahmud Ahmadinejad Must Purify Himself in The Waters of Lake Minnetonka)
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To: pcottraux

He switched over---he finally saw the light!


14 posted on 10/10/2006 5:22:21 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (You have 2 choices vote republican or whine about how bad the country is when the liberals take over)
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To: RatherBiased.com

The Left is posting like crazy over at YouTube. Sure sign of an effective video.


15 posted on 10/10/2006 5:23:08 PM PDT by Rocko ("Ned Lamont doesn't know anything. You might as well vote for Michael Bolton." -- O'Reilly)
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To: LegalEagle61

I just watched it on Drudge. That was hysterical!


16 posted on 10/10/2006 5:23:37 PM PDT by pcottraux (It's pronounced "P. Coe-troe.")
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To: RatherBiased.com
You Tube censoring right wing material. Whooda thunk it. They have no problem showing Jihad videos but they block conservative material.
17 posted on 10/10/2006 5:24:10 PM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: RatherBiased.com
The left are the real fascists.

They cannot stand free political speech.

18 posted on 10/10/2006 5:24:22 PM PDT by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: RatherBiased.com

More leftist "free speech". What the liberals say is okay, what conservatives say needs to be banned.


19 posted on 10/10/2006 5:24:33 PM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Nothing witty here… move on.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

and the problem with the ad is what? it's to the point and simply says appeasement doesn't work..


20 posted on 10/10/2006 5:24:40 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider..www.patriotguard.org for info)
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To: Atlantian
You can still get it on Drudge.

The story is there but I can't find a link to the actual video.

21 posted on 10/10/2006 5:25:13 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I can't complain...but sometimes I still do.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

http://www.bugmenot.com/view/www.youtube.com


22 posted on 10/10/2006 5:25:13 PM PDT by tommyboy
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To: RatherBiased.com

23 posted on 10/10/2006 5:30:08 PM PDT by Chicos_Bail_Bonds
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h3GPc_yMCE


24 posted on 10/10/2006 5:30:12 PM PDT by tommyboy
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

On Drudge, go to the story and scroll down. Click the arrow on the power plant picture.


25 posted on 10/10/2006 5:30:43 PM PDT by Atlantian
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To: RatherBiased.com

It's typical leftist reasoning, however they are driving potential viewers to other sites. It feels good, but it's not good for business.


26 posted on 10/10/2006 5:30:54 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

They haven't realized that when they 'ban' something or otherwise try to stifle it, curiosity naturally grows. Now the buzz will circulate and more people will want to find it.

So let's see if I get this right... this video is inappropriate, but hey, let's go check out that movie about assassinating Pres Bush. Uggh. I hate libs!!!!!!!


27 posted on 10/10/2006 5:32:33 PM PDT by rampage8
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To: tommyboy

Still my favorite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0sVN5x0Jg4


28 posted on 10/10/2006 5:34:32 PM PDT by tommyboy
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To: RatherBiased.com
It's FAKE but ACCURATE!!!!
29 posted on 10/10/2006 5:35:38 PM PDT by tcostell (MOLON LABE)
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To: RatherBiased.com
The Libs haven't figured out yet that the more you try to hide something from view the more people want to see it. This YouTube act is good for another 10 million viewers at least.

The fact that they labeled it as inappropriate/18 years or older, just made it a heck of a lot more popular.

30 posted on 10/10/2006 5:37:06 PM PDT by Post-Neolithic
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To: RatherBiased.com
I just watched the ad at Drudge and find it to be on target
31 posted on 10/10/2006 5:39:53 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: RatherBiased.com
I just went around it...go to the youtube homepage...then click on "news&blogs"...then look for the one that says.." The David Zucker Albright Ad"...it should be on the first page shown.....(you don't have to sign in)


Doogle
32 posted on 10/10/2006 5:40:11 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF 69-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: muawiyah
Youtube has some extreme wackos. The worst is the high number of Iraqi terrorist clips of IEDs, sniper, and rocket attacks. Then you see the pro-terrorist comments posted along with them.

Another screwed up clip was from one of the Turner Civil War movies. It showed some guy singing "Bonnie Blue Flag" and the it was posted as if the singer was George Allen.

33 posted on 10/10/2006 5:40:26 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Automatic ranking sites like YouTube and Digg are about as intelligent as the machines that run them. Give me honest editorial content rather than the opinions of the mob.


34 posted on 10/10/2006 5:40:37 PM PDT by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: Dustbunny

I went to the link provided but couldn't find it. Could you tell me where it is? Thanks, Dustbunny.


35 posted on 10/10/2006 5:41:12 PM PDT by HighWheeler (def.- Democrats: n. from Greek; “democ” - many; “rats” - ugly, filthy, bloodsucking parasites.)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Typical of Stalinists! Free speech is a one way street for them. They had good teachers in Russia, China and Cuba. Clip is hysterical.

Pray for W and Our Troops


36 posted on 10/10/2006 5:49:46 PM PDT by bray (Voting for the Rats is Suicide)
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To: RatherBiased.com

you can post video at tinypic.com


37 posted on 10/10/2006 6:01:08 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: RatherBiased.com
Here's a good old American on youtube.com talking about Chavez (abusive language alert)
38 posted on 10/10/2006 6:01:36 PM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: tommyboy; Atlantian
I appreciate the links but youtube is blocked by the corporate filters here....yes I'm at work.
I was hoping that Drudge had hosted the video rather than just hotlinking to it.
39 posted on 10/10/2006 6:02:14 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I can't complain...but sometimes I still do.)
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To: muawiyah

Fine. I propose we retaliate by all going to Youtube and doing the same thing to every Daily Show clip we can find.


40 posted on 10/10/2006 6:05:06 PM PDT by Dreagon
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To: HighWheeler
Scary movie ad
41 posted on 10/10/2006 6:10:48 PM PDT by Dustbunny (The BIBLE - Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)
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To: RatherBiased.com
***YouTube Censors Anti-Dem 'Scary Movie' Commercial [Lefty users block non-registered from viewing]****

I just spent the last thirty minutes trying to get signed up to see it. All my efforts were rebuffed with these words..
REJECTED. User name must contain letters or words. '' is not a word.

I managed to see it through another site.

You would think they didn't want anyone to see it. There was nothing inapropriate about the add either.
42 posted on 10/10/2006 6:24:29 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ((Democrats have never found a fight they couldn't run from...Ann Coulter))
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To: Atlantian

***On Drudge, go to the story and scroll down. Click the arrow on the power plant picture.***

I did that. It took me to the Your tube web site and I spent 30 minutes trying to get signed in, all failures.
When I went back to Drudge It was on!


43 posted on 10/10/2006 6:26:57 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ((Democrats have never found a fight they couldn't run from...Ann Coulter))
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To: RatherBiased.com

The Albright video is hilarious!! I'm still laughing!


44 posted on 10/10/2006 6:27:55 PM PDT by John Lenin (If Stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: RatherBiased.com

Saw it before it was pulled. Was funny...

Weenies.


45 posted on 10/10/2006 6:34:24 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: RatherBiased.com
Someone will come along to compete with them soon. The fact that YouTube is now owned by a corporation will take the "rebel" veneer off of it, and posters will want a new site to post to.
46 posted on 10/10/2006 6:38:24 PM PDT by Excellence (Vote Dhimmocrat; Submit for Peace!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

I thought is was great AND TRUTHFUL


47 posted on 10/10/2006 6:42:49 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: TASMANIANRED

Woah.

It WASN'T pulled.
It WASN'T censored.

People, get a grip.

Because - for whatever reason, it was deemed "offensive", they slapped a "mature audiences only" flag on it, and you have to log in and agree you're over 18 to watch it.

BIG DEAL.

Even if you're not registered with Youtube, you can go to bugmenot.com, and easily retrieve a login to get in with.

But let's not get hyterical here - the ad was neither censored or removed.

And, yes, I, too, think it's very funny and right on target... COME ON, RNC. GROW A PAIR AND RUN THE DAMN THING. THE RATS WOULD CERTAINLY RUN SUCH A THING AGAINST US.


48 posted on 10/10/2006 6:45:50 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: patriciamary

Why don't Republicans fight fire with fire? Why not get ALL liberal and democrat videos "censored" as well in the same manner they do to us? Perhaps someone could collect a list of the appropriate videos, post the links on a page, and we all just scoot over and start complaining about them.


49 posted on 10/10/2006 6:46:52 PM PDT by sizzlemeister
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To: Pravious

What you said is true, but it sure exemplifies the lefties view of free speech.


50 posted on 10/10/2006 6:46:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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