US TV Censorship

David Henderson:

[Most believe] the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was yanked by CBS because of CBS’s objection to the Smothers Brothers’ edgy commentary about social issues. Various "public" television stations, in their December fund-raising, are showing a documentary special that pushes that view. … But that’s only part of what got the show yanked. The other part was … guest Dan Rowan … gave the "fickle-finger-of-fate" award (i.e., the finger) to John O. Pastore, a U.S. Senator … [with] a great deal of power over … the federal agency that censors radio and television.  That man was not even mentioned in the documentary. Why not? Here’s my "public choice" speculation. Pastore is also known for pushing hard for subsidies to public broadcasting. Indeed he did so only about a month after CBS yanked the Smothers Brothers show. He became a hero to those who believe in tax-financed subsidies to public television.

Or you could just read this as saying US TV was and is censored by powerful politicians.  If you believe that sort of thing happens all the time in other nations, why not here too?

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  • Dagon

    Is this a surprise? Broadcast TV has always been heavily censored, both by direct (FCC) and indirect (network standards and practices divisions) government threats.

  • http://riseuprochester.org Andrew Slominski

    If you’re concerned about censorship (like me) then it’s good to keep government out of the picture. If you allow the government to subsidize TV then that allows them to have a say in what goes on.

  • Douglas Knight

    Let’s try to phrase this in terms of bias: when a source casts aspersions on a competitor, it’s likely to downplay problems they have in common.

  • josh

    Could you apply the last sentence to the financial bailout? I have no problem believing that governments blatantly rob citizens of other countries to give handouts to friends, but I can’t make myself believe it completely about the US.

  • Lord

    The power of propaganda has been known for a long time. Is there any doubt that this hasn’t been a powerful incentive for control? Or is it that this occurred here and so recently that gives you pause? What others may be underway even today, although much of it tends towards amateur hour conspiracy theories now?

  • Qiao Pei(Help friend, Help the World!)

    Help friend, Help the World!
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    Before she was in Ghana for a Fashion Show. Someone who stolen her computer. And spread all her picture online. I have to pick some of her picture online for many days. And on Dec.2th, 2008, when she went to the airport there was a badly long car accident including my girl in it. Then my girl Portia Parttel was taking to one of the hotel in one of the Hotel in Ghana by some of Chinese People’s Liberation Army, directed by one General in the army. Some do the forced operation of Chinese People’s Liberation Army, directed by one General in the army. Some do the forced operation of Chinese People’s Liberation Army do all the bad the things to my girl—Portia Parttel.
    The car accident made many people died in Accra city, Ghana.
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    But the president of our country gave them the big prize.
    I don’t know whether my girl is die or not. I love my girl.
    Days ago, I learnt from her sister, he has fainted many times a day. And she just told me her legs is bad hurt(and even now can’t walk now, some of the government sent men pushed my girl down when she is in the westernunion and that day she got fainted, I sent my girl small money, I have lost my job for many days) and her breast and her neck(even her secret place, I learnt from a friend, but my sister-in-law didn’t tell me).
    Hope all the world to together to help my girl left Ghana(I don’t know she is die or not), even a months she is not get more better(I just learnt that). Some of the leader is really bad, they wanna change anything in our country, even the Army Law built since July, 1927.
    Import history:
    1. When my mother and and my father built their own house in one country side in China, they put all the marshal pictures on all side walls living room. But I don’t know some family of marshal come to my parents who built the house wanna take my mother by the throat. And they do this many time even my mother is more 65 years old. I don’t know why this happened in China. My father is a railyway worker all her life.
    2. I don’t know why one claimed my “uncle”, he is stay with my parents for many years, I don’t know why he has sexed with one female in that countryside when pregnancy someone sent someone to kill the female and the kids. So he stayed all single life. Several years ago, he is poisoned by Sexual stimulants and dead. I don’t know why the China’s government did that.
    3. My grandpa is a very tall man. And I think he has studied in one top of the university in one of the best country . I hope when u read this hope you can find my grandpa in your school, you will find the important history. And I don’t think he is from Russia. No history can give me any evidence to show me he is from Russia. When I seen my grandpa bone, the bone need a very tall casket. I learnt from the bone there is one who claimed the great man in China, but I found from the bone he has changed all the Chinese history from my grandpa’s bone. And now all the history in China are lying to the student and all the people. And I think the man is only can studio poem and he don’t know how to control anything.
    4. One who claimed my “grandma”, she made everytime wanna kill my grandpa. So my grandpa even waited anytime who is claimed my “uncle” tasted then my grandpa will take it. Even my grandpa is sick, the “uncle” told my grandpa whatever you have to wait when he is come back. Then he tasted the medicine then my grandpa will take it. You know I never call anytime her “grandma”. I didn’t like to see her, when I saw her, I run away.
    5. After I born there, I learnt from their face.
    6. But when she died, the “uncle” said burial them together.
    7. I didn’t call the “uncle” even a time.
    8. Before my uncle died, the “uncle” said, he said he wanna burial together with them. So my parents did.
    9. I remember this “uncle” only, others I will not see them only a glimpse.
    Hope all the world to together to help my girl(Portia Parttel) left Ghana(I don’t know she is die or not), even a months she is not get more better(I just learnt that). Some of the leader is really bad, they wanna changed anything in our country, even the Army Law built since July, 1927.
    I think my grandpa is a great man in the World, no other man can compare with my grandpa, I wanna find my grandpa’s school. Thanks all the World.

    Help friend, Help the World!
    Your sincerely,
    Qiao Pei
    From Shen Zhen City, China
    P.S: I am not afraid of killed by them, I love my girl, you know I don’t have money now send her now, and she is controlled by someone there, I hope all the world together, help my girl left Ghana. And she need better treatment and back UK. Help friends, Help the World.

    Help friend, Help the World!

    And some of the called China’s Chinese People’s Liberation Army are moving and really wanna do that. Remember this: Help friend, Help the World!

    Shen Zhen City—–Accra City