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Media Industry, Eat Your Own Dogfood March 14, 2003

Posted by David Card in Uncategorized.

When I logged on to MyYahoo tonight, these two articles were numbers 2 & 3 on my personalized entertainment headlines:

Dixie Chicks Pulled from Air After Bashing Bush

Country stations across the United States have pulled the Chicks from playlists following reports that lead singer Natalie Maines said in a concert in London earlier this week that she was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”

Station managers said their decisions were prompted by calls from irate listeners who thought criticism of the president was unpatriotic.

Miramax’s Oscar Campaign for Scorsese Causes Stir

Critics of Wise’s column, published initially as an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Daily News, said the director breached an unwritten but apparently sacred prohibition against academy members revealing how they were casting their Oscar ballots.

And they say Miramax, the film’s distributor, violated the spirit of Oscar-campaigning guidelines designed to maintain the “fairness and dignity” of the voting process.

Kinda tough to defend freedom of expression when you pull this kind of nonsense, eh, media industry? Guys, guys, stuff like this is like begging to be regulated.

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