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ABC bleeps 'Jesus' out of broadcast
Enter Stage Right ^ | FR Post 6-11-02 | Editorial Staff

Posted on 06/11/2002 2:14:05 PM PDT by vannrox

ABC bleeps 'Jesus' out of broadcast




ABC says it edited the word "Jesus" out of a recent broadcast so viewers wouldn't be offended. For many, it had the opposite effect.


The bleeped Jesus on "The View" has drawn the ire of the Rev. Jerry Falwell, some conservative media watchdogs and even the women whose on-air conversation was altered.


"It is political correctness run amok," said Elizabeth Swasey, spokeswoman for the Media Research Center.


On the May 23 edition of "The View," Meredith Vieira noted that the daily weigh-ins of her dieting co-host, Joy Behar, had ended.


"Yes, and thank you, thank you, Jesus, is all I have to say," Behar replied.


Her words were aired live in much of the country, but when ABC broadcast a taped version of the show on the West Coast, "Jesus" was edited out.


ABC spokeswoman Julie Hoover said the use ran afoul of a pretty clear standard. The network has no problem with Jesus Christ's name if it is used in a "prayerful and respectful manner," she said. (ABC's Peter Jennings anchored a highly rated news special, "The Search For Jesus," in July 2000.)


But ABC does not allow Jesus' name to be used in an exclamation.


"Under the circumstances, we were concerned it would be offensive to our audience," Hoover said.


The incident comes at a time broadcasters in general are pushing the boundaries of language and content. Expletives rarely allowed on the networks were used this year, for instance, on a May "ER" episode on NBC and on CBS' March special using video from inside the World Trade Center.


ABC's broadcast of a racy Victoria's Secret fashion special in November prompted complaints to the Federal Communications Commission, which ruled that it did not violate indecency regulations.


Five days after the Behar incident, hosts of "The View" noted they had received about 100 letters of complaint.


"It was stupid to beep that," co-host Star Jones said. "They let us say all kinds of things on TV, but they beep Jesus? That makes no sense."


Falwell, in a newspaper column, said he believed ABC's action was wrong. What makes it worse, he said, is that many cable television networks are habitually blasphemous.


"Conservative Catholics and evangelical Christians are expected to accept this double standard and keep our mouths shut," he said.


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KEYWORDS: abc; bleep; edit; falwell; jerry; jesus; media; rev; tv; watchdog
"Conservative Catholics and evangelical Christians are expected to accept this double standard and keep our mouths shut," he said...
1 posted on 06/11/2002 2:14:06 PM PDT by vannrox
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2 posted on 06/11/2002 2:14:30 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: vannrox
"Under the circumstances, we were concerned it would be offensive to our audience," Hoover said.

This is really disturbing to me. Whenever there is a "bleep" on television, we are conditioned to assume it was a word(s) which are traditionally considered to be "obscene." Usually, if you watch the mouth of the speaker, you can even "see" what they're really saying. So now they're bleeping "Jesus;" hmmm......when did that word become obscene?

3 posted on 06/11/2002 2:23:00 PM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: ex-Texan
*ping*
4 posted on 06/11/2002 2:24:34 PM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley
welcome to the end times...
5 posted on 06/11/2002 2:25:34 PM PDT by MatthewViti
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To: vannrox
ABC was right. Behar was using the Lord's name in vain. It is Behar who should be in hot water, not the network.

Unfortunately, a bleep sounds like a bleep, and nowadays, a bleep sound has acquired the impact of a profanity or obscenity, so that when viewers heard the bleep sound, it sounded to them as though the network was making the judgment that the name "Jesus" is offensive.

A bleeping tempest in a teapot. Don't forget that Falwell needs to keep his name in the news, and needs something to write about in his fundraising letters.

6 posted on 06/11/2002 2:26:36 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan
keep telling yourself that.
7 posted on 06/11/2002 2:28:08 PM PDT by MatthewViti
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To: EggsAckley
This might be a digression, but what the heck...

I know that in English, we often say the word "Jesus" when we hit our thumb with a hammer [for example], or as an exclamation of mild displeasure.

The Spanish speaking community, however, use this in place of "God Bless You" when someone sneezes for example. They will also use it as the first name of a male son - something unheard of in the English speaking world.

Cultural difference really, but kind of interesting from that perspective...

8 posted on 06/11/2002 2:29:03 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Arthur McGowan
ABC would undoubtedly have "bleeped" the name anyway.

Hey, you're posting on Free Republic?!?!?!?!?!. Certainly ABC can defend itself without your assistance.

9 posted on 06/11/2002 2:30:04 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: vannrox
those Dasholes!!!
10 posted on 06/11/2002 2:32:19 PM PDT by kstewskis
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To: Arthur McGowan
Behar was using the Lord's name in vain

I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. How many times a day do you or others say "Thank God for......(fill in the blank)?" How do you know that Behar meant it to be "in vain?" She's obviously extremely grateful to have succeeded in her diet, and if thanking Jesus is what she feels, then you can't judge her intentions. I do, however, agree with you totally about the images that a bleep gives us (see above.)

11 posted on 06/11/2002 2:33:28 PM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: vannrox
Are you sure ABC was not saying their standards does not allow the use of "Jesus" as in, "oh Jesus, not again." That usage is an exclamation. In the context it was used, did the person mean it literally, as in "Thank you Jesus" or as an exclamation, "Thank you, Jesus."

I think we need to call on ABC to answer what it is they are intending to prevent.

12 posted on 06/11/2002 2:35:14 PM PDT by BJungNan
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To: vannrox
Tomorrows headline,"JESUS BLEEPS ABC OUT OF BROADCAST"!
13 posted on 06/11/2002 2:38:37 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: Arthur McGowan
Saying "Thank you, Jesus" is no more using the Lord's name in vain than saying "Help me, Jesus", which I believe is pretty much what the New Testament is all about.
14 posted on 06/11/2002 2:39:21 PM PDT by cmak9
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To: vannrox
Actually, I do find the taking of the Lord's name in vain to be offensive, and I'm glad they "bleeped" it.

I'm rather tired of people slinging that name around, attached to everything from winning the lottery to buying a new automobile.

It's sacrilege.

I'm sure that the ABC folks didn't think of it that way, but they unwittingly did something right for a change.

15 posted on 06/11/2002 2:39:48 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: vannrox
Have you ever watched The View? Four sleazy liberal idiots, one more stupid and screechy than the next. If Joy Behar mention my name on the show, I'd want it bleeped out.

Star Jones, the fat black lady on The View reminds everyone daily that she's a lawyer, but I saw her on one of the quiz shows, and they handed her many very easy legal questions and she did not know the answer to even one.

16 posted on 06/11/2002 2:48:20 PM PDT by PoisedWoman
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To: Illbay
Jesus you're uptight. It's just a word. Many Mexicans name their kids Jesus.
17 posted on 06/11/2002 2:48:21 PM PDT by JHawker
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To: Illbay
How is saying "Thank You, Jesus" taking His name in vain?
18 posted on 06/11/2002 2:52:29 PM PDT by Dakmar
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To: vannrox
This oughtta be O'Reilly's "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day".
20 posted on 06/11/2002 3:17:24 PM PDT by alley cat
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To: INSENSITIVE GUY
>> Tomorrows headline,"JESUS BLEEPS ABC OUT OF BROADCAST"!<<

Hee hee

21 posted on 06/11/2002 3:18:08 PM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: Scruffdog
BLEEP U , ABC !
22 posted on 06/11/2002 3:35:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: Dakmar; Illbay; Arthur McGowan
How is saying "Thank You, Jesus" taking His name in vain?
 
Exactly.
 
Awaiting a response.

23 posted on 06/11/2002 3:36:30 PM PDT by AnnaZ
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To: AnnaZ
Awaiting a response here too.
24 posted on 06/11/2002 4:11:24 PM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: EggsAckley
Are you enjoying the crickets as much as I?
 
;^)

25 posted on 06/11/2002 4:28:27 PM PDT by AnnaZ
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To: EggsAckley
Behar is Jewish. She was not uttering a spontaneous, sincere prayer.
26 posted on 06/11/2002 4:42:51 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: AnnaZ
Behar is Jewish. She was not uttering a spontaneous, sincere prayer.
27 posted on 06/11/2002 4:48:36 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: cmak9
Behar is Jewish. She was not uttering a spontaneous, sincere prayer.
28 posted on 06/11/2002 4:49:32 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan
Oh sure, I just bet that ABC is very concerned if the name of Jesus is used in vain.ha! ha!
29 posted on 06/11/2002 4:58:23 PM PDT by moteineye
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To: Arthur McGowan
On Fox news Behar said she was Roman Catholic.
30 posted on 06/11/2002 5:02:10 PM PDT by moteineye
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To: AnnaZ
Look up "vain repetitions" in your scriptures. Then do your OWN thinking for a change.
31 posted on 06/11/2002 5:05:07 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: Illbay;AnnaZ
So now we can bleep Jews who say "Jesus", but not Christians?
32 posted on 06/11/2002 5:27:24 PM PDT by Dakmar
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To: Illbay
"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."
 
 
I think you're pushing the reference here.
 
Somehow someone who has successfully lost weight to the point where their daily (ostracizing) public weigh-in may cease, says, "Thank you, thank you, Jesus" is considered by you first, to be taking the Lord's name in vain and second, to be using vain repetition?
 
Sorry, don't agree. (And, yes, that's thinking for myself.)
 
ABC is anti-Christian, simply put. No new tale to tell...

33 posted on 06/11/2002 6:05:08 PM PDT by AnnaZ
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To: moteineye
She ought to know!
34 posted on 06/11/2002 6:40:29 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: AnnaZ
I think you're pushing the reference here.

No, I'm not. One only has to live in the "Bible Belt," as I do, to see what I'm talking about.

Bumper stickers, tatoos on "Christian" rock band members, billboards, plastic figurines on the dashboards of automobiles, flashing neon signs, belt-buckles, you name it.

Their "much repetition" is everywhere, and I'm weary of it.

My personal faith includes a bit more sacred mode of expression toward deity than rote-muttering "bless *****" every time a lottery number comes up.

35 posted on 06/11/2002 8:12:24 PM PDT by Illbay
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To: JHawker
Many Mexicans name their kids Jesus.

And they name their daughters Maria, too!

36 posted on 06/12/2002 8:22:58 AM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: vannrox
It's official. "Jesus" is now a dirty word.
37 posted on 06/12/2002 8:24:35 AM PDT by pray4liberty
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