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June 21, 2002
Jon Christian Ryter
Copyright 2002 - All Rights Reserved
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four weeks of the World Trade Center-Pentagon disaster, after the American
government launched its initial military response against Osama bin Laden,
Al Qaeda and their Taliban supporters in Afghanistan, ABC-TVthe
AMERICAN Broadcasting Corporationdecided that the news was slanted
too much in favor of the United States. A memo from the ABC News
executive offices ordered Set Directors and graphic artists to rid the
news sets of the American flag because the Stars and Stripes were viewed
as too prejudicial to unbiased news reporting. The red, white
and blue ribbons that most newscasters wore regardless of their network
(except CNN which does not allow any PC ribbons except those that promote
homosexuality) suddenly vanished. Reporters were discouraged from wearing
flag lapel pinseven their own. ABC was the first to go stark.
Quickly following ABCs neutral position on patriotism
was CBS and then NBC. Changing, at the same time, was the mainstream media
slant on the news.
Suddenly, the Afghanistans were the victims
and America was the aggressors. CNN tapped into the Arab news service
and broadcast Al Qaeda news reports
as facts and press releases from the Department of Defense as propaganda.
Patriotic Americans began to wonder about the news executives at all of
the mainstream news networks, and viewership at Fox News skyrocketed.
Yet, although most Americans had become
disillusioned with ABCs biased slant on the news, they continued
to watch ABCs evening programmingeven though most Americans
were offended by ABCs diversity programming (featuring
glaring homosexuality or lesbianism in most of their prime time sitcoms
and action series). Because of her blatant selling of homosexuality on
her sitcom Ellen, Ellen Degeneres, the out-of-the-closet Queen
of Sodom and Gomorrah, found herself sitting out the season when her show
was canceled due to a firestorm of protest from viewers...and the complete
lack of an audience during her time slot.
ABC merely replaced Ellen with another program,
and continued to generate revenue in that time slot with another diverse
sitcom. Christian Americans should have been boycotting ABC-TV for the
past five years, but their attention span extends no longer than a one-minute
issue...and the liberals who control the news media know that about us.
Rescinds Toby Keiths Spot on July 4th Special
When ABC began putting together their star-studded
patriotic 4th of July salute (apparently a salute to political
correctness), they signed on country singing star Toby Keith (a favorite
with the military and with veterans) to headline the program. However,
Peter Jennings, who will host the program, learned that Keith planned
to sing a song in which the lyrics talk about kicking Muslim extremists
in the ass, Jennings reportedly told Keith the song was unacceptable and
needed to be dropped. Keith refused. ABC dropped Keith and hired Hank
Williams, Jr. in his place.
When word spread that ABC had canned Toby
Keith for wanting to sing a patriotic, war on terrorism song,
ABC began to back pedalnot on their position of refusing to allow
a singer the freedom to select the songs they wish to sing, but on whether
or not they had actually hired and then fired
ABC insists they had never really hired
Toby Keith. The ABC spin is that the network merely approached him and
asked himIFthey hired him, what songs would he sing? And then,
ABC insists, after reviewing the lyrics he would sing IF he was offered
the slot, they decided against offering him any role on the July 4th salute.
Toby Keith, on the other hand, insists that ABC did hire him,
and when he refused to drop the song about kicking terrorists in the ass,
terminated the arrangement. The flack got so bad that Good Morning America
decided to bring Keith on the program on Thursday, June 20 to discuss
Keiths flap with ABC Entertainment. At the last moment, ABC canceled
Keiths appearance on Good Morning America as well.
Apparently ABC executives, who have been
trying to bury this news story since it happened, thought it was rather
stupid for anyone at ABC to air the story since not that many Americans
were even aware that a story existed...and ABC does not want the American
people boycotting their patriotic salute to liberal America
on July 4 (since ABC has made it clear they dont want conservative,
patriotic Americans to participate in their celebration.)
While that is reason enough to boycott ABC,
there is more.
Bleeps Jesus Name from Program
May 23, ABC aired a taped broadcast of the talk show "The View"
co-hosted by Joy Behar. Talking that day about health fitness, co-host
Behar expressed her feelings over a successful diet by candidly exclaiming:
"Thank you, Jesus!"
The program aired live on the East Coast,
so Behars comment was heard by those in the East and Central time
zones. However, when the taped version of the program aired in the Mountain
and Pacific time zones, the name of Jesus had been bleeped
outas if it were a profanity.
The censoring of Christs name was
noted by Media Research Center which constantly monitors all programming
on the mainstream
media networks, and by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who commented: The
only way to get the attention of the networks is to create a massive groundswell
of outrage that cannot be ignored....I believe ABC's decision is nothing
more than bigotry toward Christianity. This should make every Christian
in America sit up, take notice and take immediate action! Once we start
down the slippery slope of censoring references to Jesus, it may only
be a matter of time before the networks and their affiliate stations refuse
to even allow religious programs on the air for fear they may "offend"
Falwell is likely unaware that, at least
on radio, that is already common practice. Just ask television and radio
evangelist Reverend Phil Arms of Houston, Texas.
In 1995 Arms broadcast his televised services
across much of the Southwest. A local Houston station broadcast his taped
services each Sunday. Arms received a telephone call from the station
one day. He was told the station had some complaints about his program,
and the station was going to have to review the text of his
sermons before they could be broadcast. It seems that a Muslim resident
in Houston became incensed when he heard, on the program, that we are
saved only through Jesus Christ, and complained that the programs should
not be aired. Arms refused the TV stations demand. From that day
forward, the station ran a streaming banner that the program was a commercial
message. While it angered him, Arms tolerated the intrusion of his
rights since that was the only way the program could be aired on that
station. Two months later the station pulled his program completely because
Arms denounced homosexuality as an abomination in the eyes of God.
statement was seven years late. When Christian programming offends the
atheist, the monotheist, the Muslim or the self-ordained messiah, the
Christian message is silenced by the mainstream media. And, when a nationalistic,
patriotic American stands up for his nation and condemns the cowards who
attack mothers and children by condemning the terrorists through the words
in a song, and the mainstream media attempts to silence that patriotic
message, then it is time to silence the media.
Under our free enterprise system this happens
only when that industry is deprived of capital. In the case of a major
television network that deals annually in hundreds of millions of dollars
derived exclusively from the sale of commercial time to sponsors, to impact
their revenue we must deprive them of a sufficient viewing audience that
it affects their Neilsons and drives the price of a prime time 30-second
spot into the cellar.
When we deprive ABC of its prime time audience,
the value of each 30-second spot is dramatically diminished. If an audience
boycott grows into millions by the fall sweeps week, it will impact ABCs
revenue stream for a whole year.
There is a no more effective way to let
a television network know you dont appreciate their politics than
by hitting them in the pocketbook. ABCs stockholders vote with their
pocketbooks, too. If ABCs shareholders are not receiving an adequate
return on their investments, they do one of two things. They sell their
stock...or they fire the officers of the corporation responsible for their
revenue losses. It is time to encourage ABCs stockholders to make
some philosophical changes on ABCs board, and in their senior management.
TURN OFF ABC-TV FOR THE BALANCE OF 2002.