Friday, September 08, 2006

Make Us Look Good or Lose Your License

I must say that I have no intention of watching The Path to 9/11 this weekend. Sunday is dedicated to the Manning Bowl and the Vikings open their season against the Redskins (gasp!) on Monday. Besides, I already know about Clinton's incompetence in dealing with terrorism.

But it has made an interesting study in Democratic fascism. The letter Senate Democrats sent ABC today is pretty appalling. It incuded this passage, a not-so-thinly-veiled threat:

Presenting such deeply flawed and factually inaccurate misinformation to the American public and to children would be a gross miscarriage of your corporate and civic responsibility to the law, to your shareholders, and to the nation.

The Communications Act of 1934 provides your network with a free broadcast license predicated on the fundamental understanding of your principle obligation to act as a trustee of the public airwaves in serving the public interest. Nowhere is this public interest obligation more apparent than in the duty of broadcasters to serve the civic needs of a democracy by promoting an open and accurate discussion of political ideas and events.

Captain Ed thinks it is a threat to take away ABC's broadcast license. I must say, that's what it sounds like to me. If airing the broadcast would be a miscarriage of law, than it stands to reason the Democrats are implying a punishment. The reference to CA of 1934 spells out the rest pretty clearly.

It's the kind of thing Democrats are always warning is the end result of Republican rule. Government dictatorship of information.

Of course, they wouldn't be doing this if there wasn't plenty to hide. IBD summarizes all of the missed opportunities of the Clinton administration and concludes:

It was the Clinton administration that could have put Osama bin Laden out of commission.

It was under Clinton that Americans were killed by terrorists on three continents without a meaningful response.

It was under Bill Clinton that we left Somalia in disgrace after dead Americans were dragged through the streets, giving bin Laden all the proof of our lack of will he needed.

And it was Clinton's deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, who created the wall of separation between the FBI and CIA that kept us from connecting the information and preventing 9-11.

What's the word that describes all this? Ah, yes, incompetence.

If people knew that, it might change their vote this November. We can't have a little thing like reality messing up the Democrats' plans for a sweep.

Ed sums it up well:

Welcome to the Enforced Perspective Party.

The funny thing is, I would never have thought to go over all of Clinton's failures again. Been there, done that, ready to move on. It is only the Democrats' insistence that they dictate what we see on TV that has brought Clinton's terror response to light and put it center stage.

Anybody want to bet that this latest brilliant strategy by the left is going to backfire?

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