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Scrubbing of Boston Legal episode

March 10, 2005 11:09 AM

Rory O'Connor has a front-page piece in Alternet today on how ABC forced David E. Kelley to scrub his script of any mention of Fox News.

Here's one great example of how they censored it. Originally:

Chelina: If you had to watch the news, Mrs. Piper, which network would you go to?

Catherine (simply): Fox, of course.

Chelina: Can you tell us why?

Catherine: Well. For starters, we’re winning the war on Fox. The economy’s better there. And Brit Hume. Sometimes I close my eyes and…go to him.

The cleaned version:

Chelina: If you had to watch the news, Mrs. Piper, which network would you go to?

Catherine (simply): I don’t know. I’d probably seek out the station where we’re most likely to be winning the war. Where I can find a better economy. Maybe some weapons of mass destruction.

You gotta admit -- the original one is *way more funny*.

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Rupert Murdoch is the William Randolph Hearst of our generation. This is why media consolidation is so dangerous.

Thu Mar 10 2005 5:53 PM


Advertisers pay for the show, and they want to sell to everyone. The act of changing a show so that it doesn't piss off more then half their potential customer base isn't censureship, its called commercialism.

Exhibit B: Micheal Jordan was recently asked why he wasn't more vocal about his support of democratic causes, his answer "Because Republicans buy shoes too".

Fri Mar 11 2005 8:34 AM

Tom from Madison:

Murdoch makes huge $ from porno and the religious right SIMULTANEOUSLY. Liberals need to make sure this message gets into the churches of the heartland.

After all, two can play the advertiser intimidation game.

Fri Mar 11 2005 9:49 AM


While your telling the churches that, tell them about abortion as well. G Luck.

Fri Mar 11 2005 10:00 AM

Tom from Madison:

Excellent idea!!!

Arnold is pro-choice, so is Rudy Giulianni. Fox gives regular favorable treatment to both, but doesn't discuss their abortion views.

The next Republican to be "outed" on the abortino issue might be Bill Frist, Senate Majority Leader. He has made a lot of $ from hospitals who perform abortions. See link below:

It's interesting where the money trail leads!

Fri Mar 11 2005 10:44 AM


You lefties are really losing your grip on reality. That why you are always so surprised when people vote. Its the only time your world view meets reality. You lefties sit around scratching your head wondering what happened for a couple weeks, then go back into your little liberal box and complain about anything and everything.

Fri Mar 11 2005 11:00 AM

Tom from Madison:

Us lefites are a diverse group. Could you be a bit more specific?

Personally I'm never surprised when people vote. Democracy ought not be taken for granted I'm glad when anybody votes. Aren't you?

I get a bit suspicious when voting machines without paper audit trails are used. I get more suspicious when people making large campaign contributions are selling the voting machines. I have to admit to getting REAL suspicious when campaign chairs are also the same state officials responsible for certifying the vote.

Funny thing, some of my best conservative friends feel the same way! The way I look at it, anything less than a transparent voting process is UNAMERICAN!!!

Fri Mar 11 2005 11:24 AM


Tom, how do walk with you panties in such a big wad like they seem to be?

Fri Mar 11 2005 12:26 PM

Tom from Madison:

Mr./ Ms. No-name:

Why won't you keep the conversation civil and on topic?

Insulting those with whom you disagree doesn't speak well for you or your cause.

This site is full of posts where you deliberately make baseless accusations rather than engage in constructive debate. Conservatives have a lot of valid points to make. Why don't you make at least one of them instead of constantly striving to lower the level?

A good debate raises everyone's understanding. Why not try it?

Fri Mar 11 2005 1:15 PM

Sponge Bob:

A debate based on reason is wasted on a piece of filth such as yourself.

First you "champion" the democrat party on diversity, and then you slam the Republican Party for the same. Let's "out" those filthy homosexuals that have turned traitor to their "people" and vote conservative. By the way the democrats like those nasty child rapist as long as they're voting democrat, but turn the NY Times loose to splash their names across the editorial page because they have the shame to be republican or the children of republicans.

Then you take issue with the idea that some republicans favor abortion, tough shit get over it. That’s the whole purpose of having a national party, something the democrats have lost. Meanwhile in the friendly confines of the democrat party pro-life democrats are hunted down with a bounty on their head.

Given the lunatic left's headlong lunge to the cliff of liberalism, we'll be left with Hillary Clinton running as a Republican in 2008 after being kicked out the party for even voicing her bogus centralist views.

Fri Mar 11 2005 1:55 PM


Mr Sponge:

You're calling names just like that guy with no name.

I'm against hypocracy, not homosexuality. Generally I don't much like people who pretend to be something other than what they really are. I really don't like it when they do it for $. That's immoral and anti-Christian.

The far-right political machine will condemn homosexuality when speaking to evangelical churches while they themselves hire a fake journalist who runs a homosexual escort service and web site.

How many commandments were violated there?
How many sins were committed?
Why do Republicans tolerate such hypocracy?
Why do Falwell and Robertson remain silent about it while pushing for a ban on gay marriage?

As far as democrats & diversity goes, look at the racial / ethnic demographics of elected officials and voters. The Republican party is the party that has a diversity problem, both in its elected officials and it's voting base.

Senator Reid is doing a fine job as a a pro-choice democrat. Are you a fan of his?

By the way, you seem to be as hateful as no-name. Are you related?

Fri Mar 11 2005 2:36 PM

Tom from Madison:

Last post is mine.

Fri Mar 11 2005 2:37 PM

Tom from Madison:

I meant to say Harry Reid is Pro-life, not pro-choice.

Fri Mar 11 2005 2:39 PM

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