> I love this way of thinking:
> "You can always turn the television off and of course block
> the channels you don't want," he said, "but why should you
> have to?"
> (.... when we could just take your choices away for you?)
They're trying to force broadcasters to pander to the perpetually whiny bluenose religious zealots using that kind of logic. A REAL slippery slope if they are allowed to get away with it.
Howard Stern was right, Satellite/cable was the next step in the Bush administration's pandering to now perhaps the last group that still publicly tolerates it with a straight face, the religious fundamentalists.
These days folks, you can already customize with your own remote control your personal viewing and what you can allow what people can/can't see in your own home. That's enough personal control over programming.
If they can't be bothered to at the very least, get off their lazy self-righteous butts and change the channel on their own damn TVs themselves. Or even open their instruction manuals and figure out this damn unnecessary channel control mess they made with the on-screen menus that they forced the electronics industry to make for the rest of us-for themselves-because THEY asked for it, not US, then don't bitch at the broadcasters.
And that's not asking for much. That's just plain common sense.
There are plenty of religious and "family-friendly" TV networks to choose from on the air and on cable. This is just another slick attempt to influence what the cable operators can offer the public and shut out channels and programming THEY don't like because they simply cannot accept the fact that America doesn't want Robertson-Falwell's creepy old ideas of what TV entertainment should be shoved down their throats, ultimately forcing the cable broadcasters to kowtow to them like the over the air broadcast networks so the religious right, not we the people, can control from their own easy chairs what America can/cannot view in this vision of the future that is also same thing these same people condemn places like Iran for. If they control entertainment, news is next. Then the law. Mark my words. History never lies.
We already gave these self serving, self righteous snobs their damn V-Chip and all sorts of programming filtering options to play with that the rest of us didn't ask or want to pay for on our own sets to satisfy their insatiable need for God-like dominance, influence and control in their own homes and lives, but in their own homes and lives ONLY, not the rest of ours. That's fair enough. Now they owe the rest of us a favor: Shut up and USE IT. You've asked for it. Now quit bitching that you've got it.
And that is the sheer, unadulterated, spin-free, no BS, plain and simple, common sense, heartland value, fair and balanced, undisputable, all American and most of all-perfectly Christian, TRUTH.
"If I were in this business only for the business, I wouldn't be in this business." Samuel Goldwyn
Edited by TheOriginalLarry on 12/02/05 05:52 AM.