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Anti-Kerry Docum Broadcast 2 WEEKS B4 ELECTION

Discussion in 'News' started by KING BLING, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. KING BLING

    KING BLING Guest

    FOX NEWS!

    Dems Slam Anti-Kerry TV Broadcast
    Monday, October 11, 2004

    WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party and 18 senators are objecting to a broadcasting company's plan to air on 62 TV stations a critical documentary about John Kerry's anti-war activities after he returned home from Vietnam three decades ago.

    Sinclair Broadcast Group (search) has asked its television stations — many of them in competitive states in the presidential election — to pre-empt regular programming to run some or all of the documentary as part of an hourlong program two weeks before the Nov. 2 election.

    The company owns or manages affiliates of major broadcast networks in several states, including Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.

    Mark Hyman, a vice president of corporate relations for Sinclair, said Monday the show would contain some or all of the 42-minute film as well as a panel discussion of some sort. He said final details had not been worked out.

    Called "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal," the documentary chronicles Kerry's testimony before Congress and links him to activist and actress Jane Fonda (search). It includes interviews with Vietnam prisoners of war and their wives.

    "The documentary is just a part of a special news event that we're putting together. We've invited one person to be a guest. That's Senator John Kerry," Hyman said.


    The Democratic National Committee planned to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (search) contending that Sinclair's airing of the film should be considered an illegal in-kind contribution to President Bush's campaign.

    Also, 18 Democratic senators sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (search) on Monday asking that it investigate whether Sinclair's plan was an improper use of public airwaves.

    "To allow a broadcasting company to air such a blatantly partisan attack in lieu of regular programming, and to classify that attack as 'news programming' as has been suggested, would violate the spirit, and we think the text, of current law and regulation," the letter said.

    Hyman called the allegation "absolutely absurd."

    "Would they suggest that our reporting a car bomb in Iraq is an in-kind contribution to the Kerry campaign? Would they suggest that our reporting on job losses is an in-kind contribution to the Kerry campaign?" he said. "It's the news. It is what it is. We're reporting the news."

    Carlton Sherwood, a Vietnam veteran and former journalist who made the film, said Monday that he felt the media had not explored the period of Kerry's life after he returned from Vietnam, including when he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (search) about atrocities he and other soldiers witnessed.

    "For 33 years, we've been saying that how Kerry portrayed us was utterly false. It was purgatory of the worst kind. It was slander," Sherwood said. "But no one wanted to talk about it. Everybody ran for cover."

    Sherwood, based in Harrisburg, Pa., said the film took six weeks to make, and Sinclair contacted him last month upon the film's completion. He said he was told last week of the company's plans to run it.
     
  2. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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  3. This is precisely why Moore should have released Fahrenheit 911 in October.
     
  4. porque

    porque Senior Member

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    ^^^...that's why it was just dropped on dvd last week...more people are seeing it right before the election...
     
  5. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

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    i hope our fucking country eats itself.
    we're absolutely disgusting.
     
  6. POIESIS

    POIESIS Member

    Joined: Aug 10, 2004 Messages: 879 Likes Received: 0
    speaking of moore...
    i was told recently the repubs have hungry bums
    over a stunt moore is pulling to get college slackers
    to register by giving out free clean pairs of undies..
    something about possible charges or some
    such ridiculousness.
    true?

    *holy shit x 2..congrats mams!
     
  7. diggity

    diggity Guest

    Sinclair is the fucking devil.

    ive been working on some shit for cnn for the past month or so i'm watching it about 5 hours a day so i find myself paying more attention to politics. anyways

    Its one thing when people choose to go out and see a film in order to learn more about the state of the country or to get someones opinions on our current president but its totally different when its forced onto networks during prime time 2 weeks from election date.
     
  8. Ferris Bueller

    Ferris Bueller Elite Member

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    Well, most broadcasting conglomerates are Right-wing based.
    Clear Channel Communications is a fine exampe. Colin Powell's son is the big wig for the FCC.

    The question is, will this program even get the viewer ratings that they are hoping for?
     
  9. I can almost guarantee that the impact of initial DVD rentals and sales isn't even close to what it did when it came out in theaters. Plus, it is GREATLY diminished because everyone's already sick of hearing about it, and would rather talk about something else (ie: Kerry's skeletons).
     
  10. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

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    Four more years of bush and that'll happen.

    I know I'm not the only one that secretly wishes it'll happen.
    The Roman Empire fell and so will we.
     
  11. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo has a great series of posts running down the current situation with Sinclair and what people can do about it:

    www.talkingpointsmemo.com
     
  12. RayNay

    RayNay New Jack

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    and they called farenheit democratic propoganda??? at least people had more of a choice whether they wanted to see it or not, this is being brought to our homes.

    too bad politicians don't even know what they are for or against.....
     
  13. hottnickels

    hottnickels Junior Member

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    I know I'm not the only one that secretly wishes it'll happen.
    The Roman Empire fell and so will we.
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    a lot of people don't give a shit about this election.
    a shitload of em want more bush.
    i wonder sometimes why i'm still here.
    the days of usa as world superpower are going to come to a close if he's reelected.
    i can't say i'll be upset about it.
     
  14. porque

    porque Senior Member

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    I can almost guarantee that the impact of initial DVD rentals and sales isn't even close to what it did when it came out in theaters. Plus, it is GREATLY diminished because everyone's already sick of hearing about it, and would rather talk about something else (ie: Kerry's skeletons).
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    ...i don't think that the impact is the same as when it dropped in theatres...but i do know that sales have been good...and that a lot of people couldn't see it at theatres becasue outside of major cities it wasn't shown...there's also the 'porn theory' that people are ashamed of going to see it, but they're much more likely to rent it and watch at home...but having it released before the election was definately done on purpose, compared to most films it was rushed out, remember that this just came out in theatres in the spring...
     
  15. KING BLING

    KING BLING Guest

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