Friday, September 10, 2004

Crude Attempts to Censor 60 Minutes' Bush Expose

By John Byrne Raw Story Editor

A CBS affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania stopped broadcasting around the time ‘60 Minutes’ was supposed to be broadcast, leading thousands to question whether the network dropped the show because its content was critical of President Bush.

A news director confirmed that the program was not carried, saying, “Our transmitter busted.”
“I can tell you that it was not part of a vast right wing conspiracy,” he added.

One viewer, who asked not to be named, wrote to RAW STORY outraged that WYOU would pull the program.

“When the CBS affiliate goes off air at 8:00 PM, and promptly resumes coverage at 9:00 PM, and no other stations had technical problems – it’s a clear case of censorship,” the viewer wrote. “Folks have been calling WYOU non-stop about this since last night, and station officials are extremely defensive and hostile.”

“They refuse to re-broadcast the 60 Minutes episode,” the letter continued, “telling callers to “get a life” and “take it up with CBS” if they’ve got a problem.”

The reader also noted that because CBS and NBC are part of the same duopoly, both stations likely would have been affected, but NBC carried programming as usual….

…Popular blogger Daily Kos also noted Wednesday that KWTV in Oklahoma City tried to show the program at 3:15 a.m. and then caved and showed it earlier after viewers complained. The CBS affiliate in Indianapolis had scheduled the show for 2:15 a.m. to make space for a 50th anniversary special they were running. After complaints, they moved it to 9:00 p.m.
In Lubbock, Texas the local affiliate aired a pre-recorded show for the St. Jude’s Children charity and held 60 Minutes until 1:35 a.m. in the morning.

Air America also reported Thursday morning that they had received calls from various areas in the United States of DirectTV subscribers that had not been able to see the program. Among the cities reported affected were parts of Pennsylvania and Illinois.

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Here is the transcript of the 60 minutes programme

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