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Singer Toby Keith speaks out on ABC Censorship
USAToday ^ | 6/13/2002 | Brian Mansfield

Posted on 06/13/2002 6:21:02 AM PDT by Lou L

Edited on 04/13/2004 1:39:39 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Country singer Toby Keith has some choice words for Peter Jennings.

Toby Keith says the producer of an ABC 4th of July TV special rescinded an offer to have the country singer perform his current hit after the show's host, World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings, heard the song and vetoed it.


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Another reason to like country music...and is anyone surprised that ABC would take this position?
1 posted on 06/13/2002 6:21:02 AM PDT by Lou L
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To: Lou L
Well, ABC, guess which special I now have absolutely no intention of watching? And whose nightly news I haven't watched in years...

Tell me, ABC, do you folks at the network do this on purpose, or are you just that monumentally dim?

2 posted on 06/13/2002 6:24:40 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Lou L
If I were Toby, I'd sing it anyway as he walked on stage, unplanned. What would ABC do, pull the plug? I doubt it, not without risking a publicity and ratings nightmare. Peter Jenning can go to hell too, as far as I'm concerned.
3 posted on 06/13/2002 6:24:41 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: Lou L
Being a luke warm country music listener...this song touched a nerve with me...and certainly expressed one aspect of what I was feeling. Peter Jennings is an *ss"
4 posted on 06/13/2002 6:31:45 AM PDT by Katya
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To: Lou L
"I find it interesting that he's not from the U.S.," Keith says of Jennings, who is Canadian. "I bet Dan Rather'd let me do it on his special."

From Jennings to Dan Blather?? Boy is he confused or what?

5 posted on 06/13/2002 6:38:34 AM PDT by Commiewatcher
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To: TADSLOS
Sing it anyway? Good idea.
That's what Elvis Costello did on Saturday Night Live so many years ago.
He managed to anger the staff of Saturday Night Live by replacing "Less Than Zero" with "Radio, Radio" (the band played the opening bars of the former and without stopping, launched into the latter, a scathing indictment of radio, the music industry, and - at least at that moment - U.S. network television).
6 posted on 06/13/2002 6:38:47 AM PDT by petuniasevan
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To: Lou L
"lettuce roll" P. Jennings
7 posted on 06/13/2002 6:40:05 AM PDT by The Real Eddie01
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To: Lou L
Is Jennings now reviewing all play lists for the network?
8 posted on 06/13/2002 6:40:36 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: Lou L
A local radio station today has link so you can write to Peter Jennings Write to Peter Jennings and tell him what for.
9 posted on 06/13/2002 6:41:12 AM PDT by hobblemaster
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To: hobbes1;txbec;cholerajoe; dubyaismypresident; rikastrom
CUTE and conservative! that's my tobe....
10 posted on 06/13/2002 6:42:03 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Commiewatcher
Might be confused but there are a lot of folks out there who believe Dan Rather just because it's CBS. My parents, God love 'em, watch CBS Evening News every night not because they agree with Dan but because they grew up on CBS. They were the first generation to have TVs in their house and all that was on WAS CBS. I've tried to get them to watch FOX but it is a hard transition. They trust the network more than they trust the man reporting the network.

I'm sure FOX would be glad to have Toby Keith on. He's a great artist

11 posted on 06/13/2002 6:46:19 AM PDT by billbears
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To: Lou L
Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue

Toby Keith

"This nation that I love has fallen under attack
A mighty sucker punch came flyin' in from somewhere in the back
Soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye
Man, we lit up your world like the Fourth of July

Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty's started shakin' her fist
And the eagle will fly, and it's gonna be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringin' her bell
And it'll feel like the whole wide world is rainin' down on you
Brought to you courtesy of the Red, White & Blue

Justice will be served, and the battle will rage
This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage
And you'll be sorry that you messed with the U S of A
'Cause we'll put a boot in your ass - it's the American Way!"

12 posted on 06/13/2002 6:47:35 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: hobblemaster
And better yet, let me support it further with a download link to "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)". If this song is as good as it sounds, well, call me a pusher,,,er Freeper, that is.
13 posted on 06/13/2002 6:48:30 AM PDT by Freemeorkillme
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To: Lou L
Can't say I've heard it. Anyone got they words?
14 posted on 06/13/2002 6:50:34 AM PDT by tet68
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To: xsmommy
A huge Toby fan BUMP!!!!!

Go get 'em, Toby.

xsmommy, "cute" is an understatement, eh? whew...

15 posted on 06/13/2002 6:51:11 AM PDT by BornOnTheFourth
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To: RabidBartender
While I've never been a fan of Country Music, I'm starting to lean more and more to it because they mostly all seem to be "true Americans", patriotic and all that.

Not only that, but that song ROCKS!!!

16 posted on 06/13/2002 6:52:50 AM PDT by Johnny Gage
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To: BornOnTheFourth
i love him!
17 posted on 06/13/2002 6:53:18 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
He played on CMT's Flameworthy Video awards last night. It was a hit.
18 posted on 06/13/2002 6:57:29 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Lou L
Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)
By Toby Keith

American girls and American guys, will always stand up and salute.
We'll always recognize, when we see ol' glory flying,
There's a lot of men dead,
So we can sleep in peace at night when we lay down our heads.

My daddy served in the army where he lost his right eye,
But he flew a flag out in our yard 'til the day that he died.
He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me.
To grow up and live happy in the land of the free.

Now this nation that I love is fallin' under attack.
A mighty sucker-punch came flying in from somewhere in the back.
Soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye,
Man, we lit up your world like the fourth of July.

Hey, Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list,
And the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist.
And the eagle will fly and it's gonna be hell,
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell.
And it'll feel like the whole wide world is raining down on you.
Ah, brought to you, courtesy of the red, white and blue.

Instrumental break.

Oh, justice will be served and the battle will rage:
This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage.
An' you'll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A.
'Cos we'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.

Hey, Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list,
And the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist.
And the eagle will fly and it's gonna be hell,
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell.
And it'll feel like the whole wide world is raining down on you.
Ah, brought to you, courtesy of the red, white and blue.

Oh, oh.
Of the red, white and blue.
Oh, hey, oh.
Of my Red, White and Blue.

19 posted on 06/13/2002 6:58:58 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money
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To: billbears
"They trust the network more than they trust the man reporting the network."

People also trusted commie lover Walter Cronkite for the same reasons. Many older people simply do not want cable even when they can afford it and are stuck with the TASS USA spin and get no exposure to anything else.

20 posted on 06/13/2002 7:01:26 AM PDT by Commiewatcher
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To: xsmommy
Me too. He's gorgeous and I love his attitude.
21 posted on 06/13/2002 7:02:33 AM PDT by BornOnTheFourth
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To: TADSLOS
If I were Toby, I'd sing it anyway as he walked on stage, unplanned.

You mean pull a Jim Morrison?

Thats how I think every performer should handle "censhorship requests" from networks. Just say it anyway. If they "bleep" it out on the 8-second delay, so be it.

22 posted on 06/13/2002 7:02:34 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: BornOnTheFourth
xshub has been informed that when toby shows up at the door, i am going with him!
23 posted on 06/13/2002 7:03:11 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Lou L
The controversial, patriotic song tells of a veteran who lost his eye in a combat training mission and also features a number of confrontational verses.

Unless Keith didn't write the song, its about his father, not just some random veteran.

24 posted on 06/13/2002 7:04:16 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: xsmommy
Just stop at my house on your way!

;-)

25 posted on 06/13/2002 7:05:30 AM PDT by BornOnTheFourth
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To: Lou L
Nobody wrote an angry American song, and this was one.

I don't know, but I thought "This ain't a rag, it's a flag" by CDB was a bit on the angry and confrontational side.

26 posted on 06/13/2002 7:06:21 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: FreeTally
He wrote the song. He writes almost all the songs he sings. He was very close to his father.
27 posted on 06/13/2002 7:06:32 AM PDT by BornOnTheFourth
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money;rikastrom;xsmommy;brownie74;meeknming

Toby Keith is da man bump

28 posted on 06/13/2002 7:08:00 AM PDT by TxBec
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To: BornOnTheFourth
sure! we'll come visit!

i saw him at Nissan Pavilion last June when he was touring with Brookes and Dunn. xshub and i were 5th row center and i had meaningful eye contact with tobe. SIGH!

29 posted on 06/13/2002 7:08:39 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: TxBec;bornonthefourth
swoon. i know you dislike hearing the meaningful eye contact story, tx, but BornontheFourth just had to be told!!
30 posted on 06/13/2002 7:09:49 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
Lucky girl!

Now, back to work for me!

have fun!

31 posted on 06/13/2002 7:14:05 AM PDT by BornOnTheFourth
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To: Lou L
Someone should start a list comparing the musical reactions to 9-11 by country musicians and rock and rollers.
32 posted on 06/13/2002 7:20:17 AM PDT by flying Elvis
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To: tet68
You are really missing a treat...it is definitely one of those songs where you roll down your truck windows, crank the volume up and sing with emotion. It's a Texas thang...LOL!

Go Toby Go!

33 posted on 06/13/2002 7:24:39 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Lou L
This is the same thing Charlie Daniels told the CMA's when they would not let him perform "This ain't no rag". Country roots run deep and strong in our nation - detractors like pretty boy Jennings can shove it.
34 posted on 06/13/2002 7:28:15 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: BornOnTheFourth;xsmommy
I saw him first :P
35 posted on 06/13/2002 7:32:54 AM PDT by TxBec
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To: VRWCmember
The Charlie Daniels song:

This ain't no rag it's a flag
And we don't wear it on our heads
It's a symbol of the land where the good guys live
Are you listening to what I said
You're a coward and a fool
And you broke all of the rules
And you wounded our American pride

And now we're coming with a gun
And we know you're gonna run
But you can't find no place to hide
We're gonna hunt you down like a mad dog hound
Make you pay for the live you stole
We're all through talking and a messing around
And now it's time to rock and roll

These colors don't run and we're speaking as one
When we say united we stand
When you mess with one, you mess with us all
Every boy, girl, woman and man
You've been acting mighty rash
And talking that trash
Let me give you some advice
You can crawl back in your hole
Like a dirty little mole
But now you're gonna pay the price

You might of shot us in the back
Now you have to face the fact
That the big boys' in the game
And the lighening's been flashing
And the thunder's been crashing
And now it's getting ready to rain

Chorus:

This is the United States of America
The land of the brave and the free
We believe in God and we believe in justice
We believe in liberty
You've been pulling our chain
We should've done something 'bout you a long time ago
But now the flag's flying high and the fur's gonna fly
And soon the whole world's gonna know

This ain't no rag, it's a flag
Old Glory red, white and blue
The stars and the stripes when it comes to a fight
We can do what we have to do
Our people stand proud
The American crowd is faithful, loyal and tough
We're good as the best and better than the rest
And you're gonna find out soon enough
When you look up in the sky
And you see the eagle fly
You better know he's a heading your way
Cause this ain't no rag it's a flag
And it stands for the USA
USA
USA
USA

36 posted on 06/13/2002 7:34:04 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Johnny Gage
While I've never been a fan of Country Music, I'm starting to lean more and more to it because they mostly all seem to be "true Americans", patriotic and all that.

I hear that. I grew up on rock, but my kids (half asian) LOVE country music & have me listening to it. I willingly suffer the occasional saccarine schlock because they seem like my kind of people.

Besides, some of the artists are pretty good, Kieth among 'em.

37 posted on 06/13/2002 7:34:31 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Lou L
TOMPETERDAN ... the twilite years
38 posted on 06/13/2002 7:34:32 AM PDT by snooker
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To: flying Elvis;xsmommy
Alan Jackson's song is another favorite of mine. This patriotism in country music has always been around. I remember seeing Doug Supernaw in concert years ago, a day or so after the OKC bombing. I was in a small, but very noisy club. He said for everyone to take off their hats and offer a moment of silence. The place felt silent and although it is a worn-out cliche, you really could have heard a pin drop for about 2 minutes..
39 posted on 06/13/2002 7:37:25 AM PDT by TxBec
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To: nina0113; VRWCmember
I saw CDB in Middleburg, FL and let me tell you it was awesome. When Charlie sang "This ain't no rag" he came to the chorus and then "USA, USA, USA", everyone sang with him. The entire crowd was filled with patriotism and brotherhood. I have no problem with the song - I love it.

Mr. Daniel is a true patriot and good Christian man.

40 posted on 06/13/2002 7:38:31 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Lou L;/\XABN584; 10mm; 3D-JOY; 75thOVI; a contender; AABC; abenaki; Abortion SUCKS out a Life...
Bumps for Toby Keith !!
41 posted on 06/13/2002 7:43:55 AM PDT by davidosborne
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To: flying Elvis
please don't forget rocker neil young's let's roll
42 posted on 06/13/2002 7:48:02 AM PDT by dmz
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To: hobblemaster
Thank you Hobblemaster, for a very useful link!
43 posted on 06/13/2002 7:54:49 AM PDT by YourAdHere
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To: TxBec
Alan Jackson: Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)


Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Rising against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out in pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin' what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

Chorus:
I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I could
Tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Verse:
Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty 'cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
And you close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watchin'
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

Repeat Chorus

44 posted on 06/13/2002 8:02:20 AM PDT by fnord
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To: flying Elvis; dmz
Someone should start a list comparing the musical reactions to 9-11 by country musicians and rock and rollers.

Well let’s see, right off the top of my head:
For Country, you have:

Toby Keith – “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)”
Toby Keith – “My List”
Alan Jackson – “Where Were You”
Len Doolin – “There Ain’t No Yellow In The Red, White and Blue”
Arron Tippin – “Where the Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Flies”
Randy Travis – “America Will Always Stand”
Charlie Daniels Band – “This Ain’t No Rag”
And of course,
Ray Stevens – “Osama – Yo’ Mama” (You in a heap o’ trouble boy)

And for Rock and Roll, you have:

.

.

.

.

.

Oh all right - Neil Young - "Let's Roll"
Although, Neil Young is more Country than Rocker!
:~D

45 posted on 06/13/2002 8:02:36 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money
Two songs that were out before 9-11 that have a deeper meaning (at least to me) now are..
One More Day - Diamond Rio
Only In America - Brooks and Dunn
46 posted on 06/13/2002 8:05:58 AM PDT by TxBec
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To: xsmommy; TxBec; BornontheFourth
Hehehe! Put me down as one that thinks that Toby is one great American hunk, also!
47 posted on 06/13/2002 8:06:00 AM PDT by chantal7
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To: FreeTally
The Doors were told immediately after the deal on Ed Sullivan that they were to have been booked for 6 more shows. Some perfomers consider this when they hold their tongues. MTV has gotten into the business of promoting personalities and not music; you have to play nice to keep getting airtime.

Meanwhile, Jim Morrison wasn't fazed. He'd already played Sullivan's show. And he didn't do it with the snide "in your face" defiance shown in Oliver Stone's film, he just sang the song as written. The surviving members of the band really don't like that movie.

48 posted on 06/13/2002 8:09:38 AM PDT by weegee
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To: TxBec
I agree.
And I guess if I'm gonna have Arron Tippin's “Where the Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Flies” on the list I should add these also.

Any objections out there? No?
OK Consider it done.

49 posted on 06/13/2002 8:11:42 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money
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To: TxBec
Two songs that were out before 9-11 that have a deeper meaning (at least to me) now are..

Add U2's Walk On to that list.

50 posted on 06/13/2002 8:13:39 AM PDT by Palmetto
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