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  1. Posted by Eric Nordberg on October 19, 2004 at 1:23 pm

    Why can’t Sinclair do what it’s doing? I understand that you may not like it. But, Freedom of Speec is one of our many rights. Does that not extend to corporations?
    A boycott is fine. But, a petition to the FCC to stop the programming would seem to be imploring the government to censor the rights of Sinclair to express itself.
    I am against such censorship.
    Also, why is it “inappropriate and unfair to air partisan propaganda in the last 10 days of an election campaign.”? Will you clear all partisan content from your website? What’s the difference?
    thanks,
    Eric

  2. The reason everyone is up in arms about what Sinclair is doing is that it is illegal.
    There is something called the U.S. Broadcasting Regulatory Rule:
    “It is the closest thing in broadcast content regulation to the “golden rule.” The equal time, or more accurately, the equal opportunity provision of the Communications Act requires radio and television stations and cable systems which originate their own programming to treat legally qualified political candidates equally when it comes to selling or giving away air time. Simply put, a station which sells or gives one minute to Candidate A must sell or give the same amount of time with the same audience potential to all other candidates for the particular office.”
    [Source: Museum of Broadcast Communications]

  3. Posted by Eric Nordberg on October 20, 2004 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks for the explanation. That makes sense. I wasn’t aware of some of the laws around that.
    Can I ask you why you think that this election is especially important?
    I have some idea. I’ve seen F.911. So, I’m aware of some of the thoughts against W. Still, I’m curious why this one seems so much more important.
    thanks,
    Eric

  4. It really comes down to the idea that Bush is taking the country in the wrong direction. I am planning to post on this very subject tomorrow.
    Here are some previews of (hopefully) a more substantial post:
    1. Go it alone in the world – detractors be damned – I don’t think we are ushering in a spirit of cooperation in the world under Bush.
    2. We are less safe because of this president’s actions – you can not stop terrorism by attacking and occupying nations and by acting as arrogant and self-serving as we are – you can’t beat people into loving you.
    2. The environment – rolling back environmental protection acts to benefit business
    3. In general just a general preference for wealth and power and lack of compassion and respect for the poor and middle class
    4. Separation of church and state – while spirituality could (perhaps should) have a place in our government – by not keeping these things separate we inevitably would choose a “favorite” religion to the detriment of all others.
    You have to try to read the NY Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/17BUSH.html?ex=1255665600&en=890a96189e162076&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland) It explains any of the reasons why I don’t think Bush measures up as a leader – even when I don’t take into account his policies.
    I promise a better response tomorrow – right now I have some freelance web design work to do.

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