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So I was watching the Emmy Awards tonight with a few of my friends. Personally, I don't really care so much about the Emmy Awards, as I don't get much time to watch TV anyway. The shows I religiously catch - thanks to my handy DVR - are Comedy Central's Daily Show with John Stewart, Colbert Report of the same network, and MSNBC's Keith Olberman, one of the very few reasoned voices left on air today in the corporate traditional media.
But anyway, back to the Emmy Awards. So I was watching. And the time was for a Lead Actress for a Drama Series. Who were the nominees? I didn't pay attention. But Sally Field won. I was watching it on Fox television. Sally Field's speech hardly captured anyone's imagination. Certainly not mine. Heck, it hardly captured my attention. Hardly, that is, until suddenly she was cut off, just as soon as she had begun talking about, well, motherhood. And a mother's agony of a child at war. So of course, Fox, I think, knew where she was going with this. Watch what happens (time about 1:58 in the clip), just as she is about to says, "if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no g-.."
Boom. She's cut off. I believe she finished her sentence this way, while Fox was showing is nightlight being reflected off a dome-like structure in the hall: "If the mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn war." They didn't just bleep out the expletive. They cut off the message of protest in favor of peace in its entirety.
Defenders of Fox will say that once an expletive was said, Fox had to do a standard delay. Bullshit. First of all, these things are broadcast even "live" on a time delayed mode. So Fox had the ability to bleep out the expletive and then keep the rest of the speech intact. But no, they didn't do that. Instead, they prevented people from hearing a pro-motherhood, anti-war, pro-peace message.
This was not keep-the-airwaves-clean thing. Anyone who watches the venom spewed on Fox's own cable news station by conservative nutjobs like Bill O'Rielly and Sean Hannity knows that. This wasn't a business decision. This was political censorship, exercised by an entity owned by an arch-conservative media emperor.
I say next time, the Emmy's deny TV networks access unless they agree to give uncensored coverage.
Instead, live broadcast over broadband, and put the whole thing on YouTube. Take the power away from these blood-thirsty, war-mongering, power-hungry, conservo-nazis.