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Friday, September 08, 2006

The Path to Power: How Senate Democrats Use Power of Their Office to Threaten Free Speech in "Path to 9/11"

On Thursday, Senate Democrats led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent an official letter to the Disney Corporation demanding the cancellation of the ABC program "The Path to 9/11" (program web site here).

The letter went so far as to remind Disney that: "The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest." That statement contains a subtle, but very clear threat that Disney should act as a "trustee" according to the manner by which Democrats like Reid define it.

The Framers of the Constitution were very clear in the protections they wrote for free speech. And any attempt to curtail that freedom at the behest of a political party is especially forbidden.

Imagine if President Bush sent an official letter to a broadcast network demanding they pull a program which makes him look bad. There would be marches in the streets calling the President "Hitler" and claiming we live in a "police state."

Opps! They already do that and without any good reason. Once again, the people crying about our civil rights and liberties seem to be the ones placing them in jeopardy for political purposes.

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