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FireSphere

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#1 17 years ago

If we could, I would like to make this thread non-partisan. That way we will not get into any discussions of Republicans vs. Democrats or which Democratic candidates suck, etc.

I am a friend of Cris(s) and Spec, if any of you know who those are.

It has come to my attention, first by a CSPAN broadcast on the House floor, and also through a website called MoveOn.org, that the television station CBS has refused the airing of an ad that seeks to make the public aware of the $1 trillion deficit now existing during the Bush Administration. This ad had the necessary amount of money allotted to be put on the air during as a SuperBowl commercial. First, I want to update you on a little piece of legislation called the Radio and Television Act of 1934. This law specifically named the radio waves and television as public media (owned by the public). It was the choice of the public to give the priviledge to broadcast messages, entertainment, and ads through these media to private companies. Under the law, the companies were expected to broadcast messages in a "fair" manner and for the benefit of the people. The law also forbade the forcing of the government to keep any specific broadcast or political idea from being broadcasted through the public media. Now, given the fact that two weeks ago, Viacom (the owner of CBS) was granted a large favor by members of the Bush Administration by increasing the maximum viewing market of CBS and other companies to 39% (up from 35%), a law that, if not passed, would have forced Viacom to sell certain television stations away to local broadcasting companies. Is there a coincidence between this piece of legislation and CBSs refusal to air an ad that protrays thr truth about the federal budget deficit? You decide. CBS called the ad in question too "controversial" to be played on CBS. A link to the ad can be found at http://www.moveon.org/cbs/ad Meanwhile, CBS agreed to air a pro-Bush campaign ad during this year's SuperBowl. A few months ago, CBS also broadcasted an ad that directly states that the money paid by illegal drug-users goes directly to terrorists, so that they can continue their attack on America and its ideals. Is this not controversial? What about the many past SuperBowl ads that protray sexually-suggestive women wrestling or the haunting commercial for the movie Hannibal? It is clear that CBS has broadcasted many ads more controversial than the ad they are now refusing to air. The ad itself is controversial in no way. The White House Budget Report itself affirms that there is a budget deficit of $1 trillion or more. If you are as outraged as me at this apparent censorship (remember, CBS is using PUBLICLY-OWNED media for free so that it can pick and choose what it airs, which has recently been pressured to be pro-Bush by the Bush Administration), please send this link to everyone you know online, in every day life, or at least talk about it with other people. It is a violation of our freedom of speech. Also, please post this message on other clan sites so that they can also know what is going on at CBS. http://www.moveon.org/cbs/ad There will be other things concerning Bush and violations of civil rights to come in this thread.

-Schultz




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#2 17 years ago

Also, 28 members of Congress have signed a petition demanding CBS to show the ad during the Superbowl. Congressman Dick Durbin of Illinois has even given a speech on the issue. The MoveOn.org-sponsored campaign to demand CBS to air the ad has resulted in over 500,000 emails to the corporate email address of CBS, all demanding that the ad be aired. Please take a moment to write an email yourself. There is a button to do so at http://www.moveon.org/cbs/ad once you click in the square.




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#3 17 years ago

I like guns. So does G.W. I'm pro-life. So is G.W. Thus, I like G.W.




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#4 17 years ago

OK, "Formerly_Human" (what an excellently ironic name for a Bush supporter to have!), are you going to actually address what I just posted, or are you going to avoid it completely?




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#5 17 years ago

I think everyone is sick of these threads...:rolleyes:




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#6 17 years ago

I think that in past threads, people have not had as much intelligent and factual discussion as they probably should have. Besides the usual "Bush is cool because he killed stuff" or the "Bush is bad because there's no weapons, dude" arguments, we should focus on other issues, such as the Patriot Act, the Economy, the Environment, Medicare, and Social Security. Nope, still no one has acknowledged the main emphasis of this topic, which was to go to www.moveon.org/cbs/ad and make a decision on the CBS censorship issue.




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#7 17 years ago

thread title is very misleading and dissapointing :(




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#8 17 years ago

Also, would someone please look at and respond to what I said at http://www.gamingforums.com/showthread.php?t=106846&page=3 about how KillorLive's comments were derogatory and that Bill Clinton was not the root of the budget deficit?




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#9 17 years ago

Interesting article you wrote there. But as I'm not American I don't really feel adressed :) Anyway, your political activism is a bit wasted around here. Those people who got the brains to answer did that in some other threads and were disappointed by what they had to read as reply. Well, not long ago I read a book about the giant deficits (I mean the import-export deficit, dunno how its called in english) of the US and how it will over long or short break their necks and make Russia take their place as World Power No.1. Well, I read it a long time ago and can't remember much of the arguments that guy used, but it was interesting, especially because he used similar methods to predict the downfall of the Soviet Union.




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#10 17 years ago
Formerly HumanI like guns. So does G.W. I'm pro-life. So is G.W. Thus, I like G.W.

well, i dont know whether you are talking about George W. Bush, or George Washington, if your trying to talk about bush, well, just shows the average intelligence of his supporters.




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