The following story from the United States of America as it prepares for its annual American Football jamboree might give you pause for thought.
Ever felt that the big boys are serious about playing the game the way they want - and never mind transparency, accountability and free speech ?
This article is passed on from an organisation that some may dislike because it uses labels such as 'activist'. Read the piece anyway and make up your own mind.
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CBS plays politics with speech
On Behalf Of Robert McChesney
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 11:28 AM
Subject: [FP] CBS plays politics with speech
Last week, CBS censored free speech by refusing to sell airtime to the MoveOn Voter Fund for a political ad during the Super Bowl. The ad is critical of the Bush Administration's run-up of the federal deficit.
CBS -- owned by media giant Viacom -- says it doesn't run
"controversial" ads during the Super Bowl. But it plans to air a White House drug policy spot during the game. The last such ad linked marijuana smoking to terrorism... hardly uncontroversial.
It is no coincidence that the White House and the FCC are pushing through new media ownership limits at the behest of CBS and other media giants -- efforts that MoveOn and Free Press activists have been fighting. CBS/Viacom spent ?subject=From Website'>4 million lobbying Congress in the last four years alone.
CBS is playing politics with the right to free speech: another example of media monopoly's chilling effect on democratic debate.
We need your help to spread the word about CBS and the growing media crisis. Many members of Congress continue to fight media consolidation because millions of Americans have raised their voices. This recent insult proves that we need millions more.
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