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Originally posted by sosuemetoo
Obviously from my avator, you know who I support. Put that aside for a moment.
Let's think about the families of the fallen soldiers for a moment. It might (I say it might) be safe to assume that the majority of them are republican. It might also be safe to assume that they grieve for their sons and daughters.
THEY were not asked if it was acceptable or appropriate to have their sons/daughters names plastered on television for an event that might be looked at as politically skewed.
To my knowledge, when these boys and girls signed up they did not sign a waiver saying "BTW, if you are killed in action Ted Koppel may read your name and hometown on the air."
Where are the family's rights in this whole matter?
But every American has a responsibility to understand fully the terrible costs of war and the extraordinary sacrifices it requires of those brave men and women who volunteer to defend the rest of us; lest we ever forget or grow insensitive to how grave a decision it is for our government to order Americans into combat. It is a solemn responsibility of elected officials to accept responsibility for our decision and its consequences, and, with those who disseminate the news, to ensure that Americans are fully informed of those consequences.
Originally posted by Esoterica
Freedom of speech does not mean that TV networks have to air what you want. It just means the government can't stop you from sayign certain things. Private organizations and citizens can refuse your freedom of speech whenever the hell they want.
Originally posted by NetStorm
I see your point, but I bet you would be jumping up and down hollering if on Monday CBS/ABC/NBC or whoever said "we know the truth about 9-11" and will have a special on it Tuesday night and on Tuesaday morning the head of whoever owns the affiliates said "You can't broadcast that"
There is something called Freedom of the Press also.
1. freedom of the press -- (a right guaranteed by the 1st amendment to the US constitution)
Freedom of speech
. freedom of speech -- (a civil right guaranteed by the 1st amendment to the US constitution)
sounds the same to me