Sunday, October 17, 2004

You Own the Airwaves, So What Are You Waiting For?

By now, we've all heard that Sinclair Broadcasting Group is demanding that their 62 stations across this nation preempt their programming to play an anti-Kerry attack ad before the election, some on Monday, November 1.

Newsworthy? Scurrilous? Let Sinclair know. They've got a purty-smilin' little message for y'all right there on the front page:
We welcome your comments regarding the upcoming special news event featuring the topic of Americans held as prisoners of war in Vietnam. The program has not been videotaped and the exact format of this unscripted event has not been finalized. Characterizations regarding the content are premature and are based on ill-informed sources.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has been invited to participate. You can urge him to appear by calling his Washington, D.C. campaign headquarters at
(202) 712-3000.

if you would like to make further comments on this matter, you may do so at:
comments@sbgi.net

Or better yet, file a complaint with the FCC about Sinclair's bias here.

And more importantly in this bottom-line world, let Sinclair's advertisers know what you think about their programming and about Chili's, Colgate, Johnson & Johnson, and Victoria's Secret, etc.

By the way, Sinclair Broadcasting reaches 25% of all television households in the US. Whether you think this cretinous crockumentary will hurt Kerry's campaign or not, this sets a very dangerous precedent. We're talking long-term influence, friends, not short-term corruption. We own the airwaves, and Sinclair is abusing our trust and their privilege. We can do something about it. We must do something about it.


P.S. How positively frickin' darlin' that the Sinclair folks have invited JFK to take part in their hanging, and, look! He can even bring his own rope! Um, might I ask why in the dangfarbled heck John Kerry would accept an invitation when "the exact format of this unscripted event has not been finalized"? Sigh. These people are clearly not professionals. They may have noticed (maybe not), Kerry's busy.