As posted on Alternet
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Because we certainly don't want a Press that criticizes the government...
"NBC is refusing to run the trailer for the Dixie Chicks documentary, Shut Up and Sing, because: 'it won't accept the spots... disparaging of President Bush."
Harvey Weinstein, said in a statement that: "The idea that anyone should be penalized for criticizing the president is profoundly un-American." For the moment they've got YouTube and the other networks who are willing to air the ad."
Another fine example of the hypocrisy that is the USA. Once again I feel the need to remind all the "patriotic" Republicans out there what President Teddy Roosevelt said about criticism of a president:
"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."
Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star, 149
May 7, 1918
It is hilarious what kind of response Bush's Army has had to the Dixie Chicks audacity for exercising free speech. They just don't get it. They think they are "true Americans" and "patriots" but they abhor everything that the USA is supposed to embody. They say that free speech is OK but you should expect to suffer repercussions for what you say. That sounds like a threat designed to keep unpopular opinions unsaid. So much for "free speech."
Below is a typical comment found on the Dixie Chicks' MySpace from one of our finer "true Americans."
"you are a country band you have a patriotic fan base you sit on you rich fat asses and you can say the things you say but it hurt true americans such as me a my military friends
country singers bost the morale of the troops and when some one says something like that it drops it so low it is fucked the men over there have to be there and it doesnt help that some one puts down the man they have to listen to they are doing there duty to there country are you by tell the world you are ashemed of the prestiednt and you dont care i mean what the fuck is wrong with you arnt you american
if you wanna put down your country do it in your head you may not like him but they are all the same so get used to it
and what you said about tk and all that really pissed me off you are country singer act like it or go pop like the fag band rascal fags or what ever holy hellfire
and i know you all wont right me back and you dont care hell you dont ever look a your messages but yall are getting old and your not icons so soon you try to make a come back like now but pretty soon youll be playing in casions and what not for 12 dollar tickets
but i had to get that off my chest
Just a good ol boy
All I can do is shake my head. Whoa!