Little Green Footballs

Friday, May 13, 2005

What the viewers can handle

Charles Johnson is excited about the fact that an Italian state television station has decided to broadcast the late Theo Van Gogh's film Submission ( And rightly so: Fear of offending minority (or even majority) views should not lead to censorship of important documents like Submission. They need to be made widely available so that people can have full and frank discussions about important issues, and where better to make this film available than on a public TV station?

One wonders, however, what kind of attitude Charlie would have to similar efforts being made to show the three-part TV series 'The Power of Nightmares' on US television. For those of you who don't know, the series has been flatly rejected by every major US network because, as one US TV executive put it: "We would get slaughtered if we put this out". Read all about it.

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