Thursday, September 07, 2006
Regarding Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore's searing indictment of the Bush administration's handling of 9/1l, Iraq and the fight against terrorists, many conservatives have been making comparisons to this documentary in their defense of ABC's planned docu-drama, The Path to 9/11. Yes, America is, thankfully, the land of freedom and free speech. But the key difference here is that Moore made a privately-financed film which people had the option to pay to see if they so chose. To the contrary, ABC broadcasts over the public airwaves, which is a privilege, not an entitlement. That's why there's equal-time and other FCC guidelines they must adhere to. Though they might like to in effort to further a partisan agenda, these networks like ABC do not get to arbitrarily use our public airwaves for self-serving political purposes.
And on a related note, just where exactly is the big, bad dreaded "Liberal Media" we keep hearing about from conservatives? This week's ABC controversy is just another example of how the media is clearly anything but liberal.