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Right-Wing Network Censors Nightline

Just when I thought the hypocrisy couldn’t get any worse, I found this tasty little item on CNN.com:

(CNN) Sinclair Broadcast Group has ordered its eight ABC stations not to broadcast Friday’s “Nightline”…

So what are these guys worked up about, you ask. An unpixelated segment on nude beaches? A hard-hitting expose on the Victoria’s Secret catalog? Nope. Ted Koppel’s crime against decency will be to broadcast the names and photos of 500 dead American soldiers.

Do I need to tell you that Sinclair Broadcast Group is run by loyal Republicans?

Lest you think that this is about privacy or some other high-minded ideal, here is what the Sinclair people have to say: "Mr. Koppel and 'Nightline' are hiding behind this so-called tribute in an effort to highlight only one aspect of the war effort and in doing so to influence public opinion against the military action in Iraq." Compared to the Bushies, you have to admire the candor of these guys -- they readily admit that they are afraid of influencing public opinion against the war.

They certainly aren't alone in the sentiment. It is an article of faith on the Right that the media is undermining the war effort by giving a biased portrayal of events in Iraq. I've never understood their beef, but I think it has something to do with the media acknowledging the brute fact that American soldiers (as well as Iraqi civilians) are dying. Yep, these right-wingers love the military, at least until its members have the temerity to go and die. Then they become a dirty little secret.

But this sentiment even goes beyond the war -- this is an ideological regime that believes that information is dangerous. From Iraq to 9/11 to global warming, the mantra that we hear from the White House and their allies is "You don't need to know. Don't ask why. It's true because I said so..." Fortunately, the ornery American people may just decide they've had enough.

Posted by Woody Mena at April 29, 2004 10:58 PM