Alternet.org has an interesting article about censorship, Full Of eXcrement News, and ABC. Seems that the story line on Sunday’s Boston Legal is about a principal who equips all his school televisions with a FoxBlocker because he feels Fox promotes hate. A lawsuit is brought by one of the students who claims the school is censoring speech. It sounds like it could actually be an interesting show, but ABC instructed the writers to remove all references to Fox News (thereby actually censoring a show about censorship!).
Alternet has managed to get the original script and the revised script that will air (they have a link at the top of the story).
Here’s a taste of what millions of viewers will now miss next Sunday:
Stuart: “It’s called a Fox Blocker. Sold off the internet. You attach it to the coaxial cable on your television and it basically blocks out all Fox News transmissions… My high school principal attached these liberal, left-wing devices to all the televisions in the building. Meanwhile, the kids are free to watch CBS, CNN, NBC, even ABC, But not Fox. It’s censorship.”
It’s called censorship, all right – just not on Boston Legal anymore. Here’s what the final, scrubbed-and-censored script says instead:
Stuart: “It’s called a news blocker. Sold off the internet. You attach it to the coaxial cable on your television and it basically blocks out news transmission…. My high school principal attached these devices to all the televisions in the building. The problem is… turns out it only blocks out one network, the most fair and balanced one. All the others, kids can watch.”
No wonder network TV is in trouble.