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- Toby Keith Gets 'Kicked Off' ABC's Independence Day Special
Launch! Your Yahoo Music Experience ^ | 06/13/2002 | Nancy Brooks

Posted on 06/14/2002 9:07:33 AM PDT by SantosLHalper

(6/13/02, 4 p.m. ET) - Toby Keith was asked to perform his current bold and not-so-politically correct hit "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" on an upcoming ABC Fourth of July TV special in Salt Lake City hosted by ABC's own Peter Jennings. The deal fell through and according to Keith, it was Jennings himself who pulled the plug on the singer's performance.

He told LAUNCH: "The person with ABC who books it said, 'You're on, we want you to open the show with that song.' Fine, we made arrangements to be there. Got everything off the next day where we were doing two shows that day now, so we took the next day or two off. And Peter Jennings comes in and says that that song has lyric content that does not belong on his television network. So, I've been kicked off the special."

So what was Keith's reaction to Jennings's objection to his performing? "I think he's Canadian ain't he? So, It's our Fourth of July, not his. Tell him worry 'bout his and I won't come up there and sing at it either. But I will write him a new song."

Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" is the singer's fastest rising-single to date. It currently sits at Number 12 this week on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Keith wrote the song in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies and the death of his father, who fought for the U.S. in the Army and lost his right eye.

--Nancy Brooks, Nashville


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Lyrics:

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (Angry American)

American girls and American guys
Will always stand up and salute
Will always recognize
When we see Old Glory flying
There's a lot of men dead
So we can sleep in peace at night
When we lay down our head

My Daddy served in the army
Where he lost his right eye
But he flew a flag out in our yard
Till 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 falling under attack
A mighty sucker punch came flying in
From somewhere in the back
As soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man we lit up your world
Like the Fourth of July

Chorus:
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 going to be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringing her bell
And it will feel like the whole wide world
Is raining down on you
Brought to you courtesy
Of the Red, White and Blue

Oh, justice will be served
And the battle will rage
This big dog will fight
When you rattle his cage
You'll be sorry that you messed
With the U.S. of A.
Cause we'll put a boot in your ass
That's the American way

CHORUS

Of the Red, White and Blue
Of my Red, White and Blue

1 posted on 06/14/2002 9:07:33 AM PDT by SantosLHalper
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2 posted on 06/14/2002 9:08:22 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: SantosLHalper
Thanks for posting the lyrics.

Can't Petah find something to do in Toronto that day?

3 posted on 06/14/2002 9:09:50 AM PDT by TC Rider
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To: SantosLHalper
Thanks for posting the lyrics. I don't listen to country, but I guess I'll have to go find a single of this song.

Seems to me that the only reason someone would object to the lyrical content would be if they were a terrorist or a terrorist sympathizer.

So, let's put a boot in Peter Jennings ass now.

4 posted on 06/14/2002 9:10:21 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: SantosLHalper
BoyCott ABC ... Always Baloney & Crap ...Peter Goebbels-JenningsinaBrownShirt can go to HeLL ,,Well at least Back to Canada
5 posted on 06/14/2002 9:10:40 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: TC Rider; SantosLHalper
Can't Petah find something to do in Toronto that day?

Someone ought to tell the high-school drop-out to get his pink pimpled posterior back to Ottawa, but I live in Ottawa, and we have enough liberal elitists here already.

Maybe he should move permanently to "Palestine", and be the anchor on their nightly news program. I understand he has lot's of girl-friends there.

6 posted on 06/14/2002 9:17:17 AM PDT by NorthernRight
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To: NormsRevenge
Here's Peter's e-mail form:

Peter Jennings
7 posted on 06/14/2002 9:18:07 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: SantosLHalper

Ashwari, Arafat: "All your media are ours.
We have arranged with Peter Jennings that he shall
have played our Palestinian anthem, 'Death to America'."

8 posted on 06/14/2002 9:20:11 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: SantosLHalper
It's one thing when a Canadian high-school dropout earns millions for reading news copy written by others.

But when that same Canadian high-school dropout dictates what we see on TV, I have a real objection.

9 posted on 06/14/2002 9:21:37 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: SantosLHalper
So, I suspect it would be a good idea in the event one is not participating in an outdoor 4th of July activity to NOT view ABC's attempt at an Independence Day Special.

I wonder if other artists will withdraw from participating due to Keith's 'dismissal' from the program? That would be neat if they did.

10 posted on 06/14/2002 9:22:53 AM PDT by zeaal
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To: jimbo123
Thanks, Notmthat he actually reads anything sent to him. mHe probably thinks you can send anthrax thru email.
11 posted on 06/14/2002 9:24:54 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: SantosLHalper
Thanks for posting this!

E-mail ABC News

Let that moron Peter Jennings know what you think!
12 posted on 06/14/2002 9:25:02 AM PDT by Hap
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To: SantosLHalper
Paging Brit Hume....

Toby Keith's on line one...

13 posted on 06/14/2002 9:25:43 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: jimbo123
Already sent ABC and their Canadian fool my $0.02.
14 posted on 06/14/2002 9:26:56 AM PDT by willgetsome
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To: Tennessee_Bob
"But I will write him a new song.

I can't wait to hear that one. Hope this stays in the news enough that we get a heads up when it is released. Get 'im, Toby!

15 posted on 06/14/2002 9:27:06 AM PDT by NerdDad
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To: jimbo123
ABC Audience Relations Department:
netaudr@abc.com
16 posted on 06/14/2002 9:27:37 AM PDT by AgentEcho
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To: jimbo123
Sent email:

In regard to Mr. Jennings refusing to allow Toby Keith to perform his current bold and not-so-politically correct hit "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)", I have just one question:

When did a non-citizen like Jennings have the right to deny an AMERICAN citizen the right to free speech?

Wake up ABC, every day that passes with the continued employment of Jennings - a proven anti-America, terrorist-loving non-citizen - costs you more losses in viewers AND advertisement money.

17 posted on 06/14/2002 9:28:24 AM PDT by Elkiejg
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IMO Peter and his ABC "know-it-alls" are in denial. They think they are the purveyors of what it REALLY means to be an American. LOL
18 posted on 06/14/2002 9:28:34 AM PDT by willgetsome
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To: SantosLHalper
Longer Previous discussion here
19 posted on 06/14/2002 9:43:38 AM PDT by NerdDad
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To: SantosLHalper
Thank you Peter for keeping the rednecks off of my TV. Don't we already have the country channel for that crap?
20 posted on 06/14/2002 9:44:31 AM PDT by JHawker
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To: shigure
What is he? He's a pinkneck Newbie since June 10.
22 posted on 06/14/2002 9:52:48 AM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: shigure
He's a new member from Monday...K?

FMCDH

23 posted on 06/14/2002 9:54:01 AM PDT by nothingnew
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To: JHawker
Thank you Peter for keeping the rednecks off of my TV. Don't we already have the country channel for that crap?

Dude, If you are going to survive on free republic. Let me give you a tip.

DON"T GET US MAD AT YOU!!!

24 posted on 06/14/2002 10:09:16 AM PDT by sandym1313
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To: SantosLHalper
Can we trade Peter Jennings for these Canadian’s?

Wait due to 'Canadian protocol'/ A kill from 2,430 metres canada sniper team in Afghanistan

The United States wants to give two teams of Canadian snipers the Bronze Star, a decoration for bravery, for their work in rooting out Taliban and al-Qaeda holdouts in eastern Afghanistan, but Canadian defence officials put the medals on hold....

When he hit his first target, an enemy gunman at a distance of 1,700 metres, he said all that ran through his mind was locating his next target. "All I thought of was Sept. 11th and all those people who didn't have a chance and the American reporter who was taken hostage, murdered and his wife getting the videotape of the execution; that is my justification."

25 posted on 06/14/2002 10:12:34 AM PDT by tophat9000
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To: JHawker
You probably don't want any Patriotic Americans on your T.V. either, do you? I don't particularly care for Toby Keiths music either, but keeping it off because he's singing a pro-American song just really pisses me off. Peter Jennings is prick, plain & simple he's a F**king disgrace to ABC and anybody that think's along those same lines.
26 posted on 06/14/2002 10:12:52 AM PDT by HELLRAISER II
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To: sandym1313
LOLOL .. Flame ON !!! LOLOL
27 posted on 06/14/2002 10:13:25 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: SantosLHalper
Here's is what really scares me: since when is Peter Jennings an editor? Isn't he supposed to be an objective journalist? Since we does he decide the copy? </shock tone>

Of course, he has always cleaved off what didn't fit his agenda or worldview. Of course, he would defend anyone else's right to free speech as long as that speech was anti-American or immoral or lewd and lacivious. But, Lord foribd that it be a song that is pro-American and talks about kicking some terrorist a$$.

Hey, Peter Jihad! Why don't you just suck a rotten egg (or Hanan Ashrawi; I am sure that her eggs are rotten)?

28 posted on 06/14/2002 10:16:37 AM PDT by mattdono
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To: NormsRevenge
And now for Peter J! JERK should go back to Canada and whine!!!

Course I would not wish that on the Canadians either!!!

What Peter J does not understand is NOBODY cares what he thinks. I really wish I worked for ABC or Disney and could put an end to this IDIOT's New Program.

AH!!! He just makes me so angry.

And idiots like JHawker too.

29 posted on 06/14/2002 10:19:59 AM PDT by sandym1313
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To: mattdono
Here's is what really scares me: since when is Peter Jennings an editor? Isn't he supposed to be an objective journalist? Since we does he decide the copy? </shock tone>

And in this case he is just the host. When did the host of a special get to decide and censor who and what was in it.

30 posted on 06/14/2002 10:22:27 AM PDT by sandym1313
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To: TC Rider
It's not Peter's network and it's not his dang country. Screw him.
31 posted on 06/14/2002 10:24:04 AM PDT by goodieD
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To: SantosLHalper
Isn't this the channel that shows Dennis Franz's naked rear end every other week? (I don't regularly watch network TV, so I'm not sure). The channel of Roseanne is concerned about the word 'ass'? Isn't repugnant Politically Incorrect on ABC (at least for the next month)?

F**K ABC.

32 posted on 06/14/2002 10:28:29 AM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: SantosLHalper
This p!ssed me OFF. If Fagboy Jennings EVER needed a boot up his a$$ he surely does NOW.

Continuing my two-year (and going strong) personal boycott of abc news...

34 posted on 06/14/2002 10:30:31 AM PDT by maxwell
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To: goodieD
It's not Peter's network and it's not his dang country. Screw him.

Yes but ABC refuses to do anything about this guy. In fact the encourage it by sitting quietly by and letting him do whatever he wants.

For instance the producer of the show approached Toby to do the show but then backed down when Peter whined.

IT HAS TO END

36 posted on 06/14/2002 10:31:40 AM PDT by sandym1313
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To: shigure
Well it's about time he showed up to clean FR of all it's "rednecks", 'cept me, of course. ;-)

LOLOL

37 posted on 06/14/2002 10:33:47 AM PDT by sandym1313
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To: sandym1313; JHawker
Dude, If you are going to survive on free republic. Let me give you a tip. DON"T GET US MAD AT YOU!!!

F-ing A, dude...

So some folks don't dig country music, JH... Even though I practically live breath and sh!t to it, I can understand that on some level. It's what's going on underneath. Jennings proved himself to be an utter waste of skin during the 911 tragedy, and now he's getting all ape-sh!t about AMERICANS who want to honor 911 in their own patriotic fashion. This is (partly) why I have NO respect for most Canadians. FReeper Canadians being a particular exception however. Jennings is obviously not going to butt out so he needs to be butted out.

38 posted on 06/14/2002 10:37:04 AM PDT by maxwell
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To: JHawker
There boots weren't made for walking. LOL
39 posted on 06/14/2002 10:38:33 AM PDT by Liberal Classic
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To: Diogenesis


now THERE'S a picture to post on your refrigerator for a sure-fire diet ... can actually cause one to lose one's lunch at a mere glance ... double-ugly ...
40 posted on 06/14/2002 10:38:34 AM PDT by Bobby777
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To: SantosLHalper
Fox should jump on this, hire Toby and do their own show.
41 posted on 06/14/2002 10:43:35 AM PDT by TC Rider
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To: SantosLHalper
If Toby wanted to be the fave artiste of the annointed, he'd be writing songs about oppression, racism and fascism (hey, the last two even rhyme!) Guaranteed top billing, guaranteed untouchable status (with "racism" alone, even here!) Let's get started:


"Mamma was oppressed by racism,
Victim of the  state of fascism, 
Drove a prison truck of sexism, 
Died of mean-spirited ageism"

Take it from there Toby! I'll take the top songwriting credit and in return we'll agree to publish through your music company.

42 posted on 06/14/2002 10:43:56 AM PDT by Revolting cat!
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To: sandym1313
Exactly.

On his news broadcast, I can see some content control (though the mere mention of content control shows that there is a bias). Even though he is nothing more than a glorified reader, I can see (though it doesn't hold much validity) an argument in that forum.

But, in an ABC special? This is what is so key to this story. I mean, of all places where he might want to remain "objective", it should be his news broadcast. The place he should be least concerned (and "let his hair down", so to speak) with an "objective" outlook would be an ABC special featuring muscial acts such as Mr. Keith.

This is a bunch of horse crap.

Note to ABC: Have you figure out why auidences have left en masse? Here is yet-another example...get it?

43 posted on 06/14/2002 10:44:06 AM PDT by mattdono
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To: JHawker
"Thank you Peter for keeping the rednecks off of my TV. Don't we already have the country channel for that crap?"

!10 out of 10 rednecks (inclusing their sisters) could kick the shiite out of your wimpy liberal arse.

44 posted on 06/14/2002 10:49:15 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: JHawker
Thank you Peter for keeping the rednecks off of my TV. Don't we already have the country channel for that crap?

Enjoy what will probably be your very short stay on FreeRepublic.

45 posted on 06/14/2002 10:56:04 AM PDT by Dan Day
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Here are my thoughts.

This Oklahoma "rednecker" likes all kinds of music and is especially a big fan of "soft adult comtemporary" music. That music format has had a few country songs on it's charts like "I hope you dance" and more recently "Bring on the rain."

It would sure be great to see Toby Keith's song crossover to the AC charts. He one true American and a great artist too.

As to the ABC deal with Keith, this is just example of why these news organizations are our enemies and not our friends. That JWalker fella if I'm not mistaken is the one who bad-mouthed Rush on another thread. Anybody that takes up for these news organizations (ABC,CBS,NBC,CNN,CNBC,MSNBC, et' al) is sleeping with the enemy as far as I'm concerned.

Good bye and good riddance to that no good disruptor. Glad to see Jim and the moderators on the ball.
regards.

47 posted on 06/14/2002 11:44:52 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: E.G.C.
JWalker=JHawker
48 posted on 06/14/2002 11:46:22 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: SantosLHalper
I'd like to keep this bumped to the top. I wish to do this for the sake of liberty and freedom. And also justice for all who fought and died defending America from Liberal-Communist-Socialist-S.O.B 's who own and rule over the American people through the Media.
49 posted on 06/14/2002 1:59:13 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: TC Rider
ABC---ARAB BROADCASTING COMPANY!
50 posted on 06/14/2002 2:05:19 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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