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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Nov 12th, 2004, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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Midwest TV stations cancel 'Saving Private Ryan'

The conservative wave that has been sweeping the US is getting scarier by the minute ... to those whose TV stations decided not to air the movie, there was never a choice, while the ones who oppose the content can always switch channels...

Some stations shelved 'Private Ryan' amid FCC fears
By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

At least 20 of 225 ABC stations said they wouldn't mark Veterans Day by airing Saving Private Ryan, the Oscar-winning Steven Spielberg World War II film. The pre-emptive move reflects TV's increasing concerns about indecency questions.
[img]http://*********************/_common/_images/clear.gif[/img]Broadcasters are more cautious since federal regulators fined CBS stations $550,000 after Janet Jackson bared her breast during the Super Bowl halftime show in February.

The Federal Communications Commission has "hit the broadcasters where it really hurts, which is their pocketbooks. And now it's having a chilling effect," says E. Christopher Murray, of law firm Reisman Peirez and Reisman.

"We're just coming off an election where moral issues were cited as a reason by people voting one way or another and, in my opinion, the commissioners are fearful of the new Congress," says Raymond Cole, president of Citadel Communications, which owns three ABC stations not airing Ryan.

ABC aired Ryan on Veterans Day in 2001 and 2002 without pre-emptions, though some viewers complained.

Randy Sharp of the American Family Association, said in a posting at www.afa.net that Ryan's language — the f-word is used at least 20 times — is not suitable for children watching at 8 p.m. "It may be OK on the battlefield, but it's not OK on the public airwaves during prime-time broadcast hours."

The film, which won Spielberg the 1998 Oscar for best director, includes a bloody depiction of the D-Day invasion. ABC's contract with Spielberg stipulates that the film cannot be edited.

WFTS, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Tampa, reported receiving "100 to 200" calls from viewers Thursday night wondering why the station wasn't showing the movie. At another Scripps-owned station, "We are getting complaints," a representative said. "Some are from veterans who are disgusted." WGNO in New Orleans, however, changed its mind and decided to show the film.

The Parents Television Council, a watchdog group, endorsed ABC's airing of the movie. Vietnam veteran Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who introduced the film, told Broadcasting & Cable magazine that it "comes nowhere near indecent." ABC said it would air viewer warnings during commercial breaks and would cover any station fines.

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How silly..... I mean, Shaving Ryan's Privates has nothing to do with Nipplegate 2004. These tv affiliates need to sort themselves.
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"Blue Velvet" was the worse! Frank Booth who played by Dennis Hooper swears at least 35 times for used the F-word! Plus it's also a very disturbing movie!

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