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Old 09-27-2006, 07:56 AM   #1
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War Is Heck-Disneyfying Combat

Just like the September 11th documentary issue. The article also talks about the editing of other PBS documentaries and programming.

Isn't it ironic, don't you think..


"War can be hell on public television. It just can’t contain any “fucks” or “shits” before 10 p.m.

Scenes of war on PBS in which soldiers use profanity have been cut or elaborately avoided in two upcoming Frontline documentaries. According to the journalists and PBS executives responsible, these edits have been made for one reason: fear of the Federal Communications Commission...

"What I fear, really, is that we’re on the verge of making some of our best material less forceful, less powerful,” said Louis Wiley Jr., the executive editor of Frontline. “You get into a situation where we’re all going to be looking not to what is the best choice editorially for what we publish, but what is this government agency going to do to us? They get us to do the censorship ourselves. They use a huge cudgel. They threaten everyone with these draconian fines, and they don’t have to do anything. It accomplishes the same end."

"Ken Burns is putting the finishing touches on The War, his epic film about World War II. It will air in September 2007. Over its 15 hours, a few veterans “employ language that, we say, they would not have used back home with their families,” Mr. Burns said.

It is very important that we as a free country don’t become what we despise in an age of such palpable threats,” Mr. Burns said. “There’s always a tendency that in trying to eradicate evil in the world, we sometimes come to resemble the thing we’re trying to eradicate.”
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