CBS Bows to Gipper Gripes
djv at bedford.net
Tue Nov 4 13:04:32 PST 2003
On Tue, 4 Nov 2003, jbone at place.org wrote:
> And the right wing screams "Who's your daddy, bitch?!?!"
> Showtime takes up the slack. I love Showtime --- always stepping up.
CBS owns Showtime.
> They rescued Adrian Lynch's Lolita remake from distribution hell, too.
> Great movie; best modern-era book in the English language, IMHO. (And
> written by a non-native English speaker, too -- in English.)
Oddly, Nabokov is only a mediocre pulper in Russian. But it is
curious that he took the route of Conrad. For another entry on
the short list of second-language writers: Gibbon had a masterful
command of French, according to the French, even.
> Note in the article, in the CBS statement, use of the term "balanced."
> Holy fucking hell. If we're all so freakin' worried about this
> mysterious and mystical quality called "balance" then bring back the
> damned Fairness Doctrine. What a loaded non-word / double-speak
> utterance. It's doing away w/ that --- and I'm conflicted on whether
> that was a good or bad thing, there're good arguments on both sides ---
> that set the stage for the egregious imbalances seen on both sides in
> the media today, and enabled the high-intensity propaganda wars that
> are de rigeur these days. Consistency: as elusive as balance.
Oddly enough, I agree with you, FWIW. Doing away with "Fairness"
seemed, in order to be "fair", to demand doing away with the FCC and
licensing. Cable/satellite mitigates that.
> Only problem w/ this piece of Reagan propaganda: either pro or con,
> the timing's rather faulty.
It's six to nine months early to air the "drama". But announcement
of cancellation yesterday/today is spot-on.
> CBS Bows to Gipper Gripes
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