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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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