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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:04 pm    Post subject: TV Networks Refuse to Allow Discussion of Marijuana Laws Reply with quote

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle_blog/2008/aug/11/tv_networks_refuse_to_allow_disc

They say it "promotes illegal things"

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One of the few remaining tactics for effectively defending our marijuana laws is to prevent them from even being discussed:

The TV program is titled "Marijuana: It's Time for a Conversation," but it's unlikely many viewers of network stations will be talking about it.

Of the three local network stations, only one agreed to run the show, produced by the American Civil Liberties Union and hosted by travel writer Rick Steves. [Seattle Times]

Ack, we mustn't expose anyone to the crazy ideas of Rick Steves! Wait, isn't he that really nice Lutheran guy who hosts a popular travel show on public television? So then why should we be terrified of him?

Jim Clayton, vice president and general manager at KOMO, the ABC affiliate, refused to sell time. The show, he said, promoted marijuana use.

"The last I checked, it's illegal," Clayton said. "We don't use our public airways to promote illegal things."

Um, pardon me sir, but we're actually trying to massively reduce illegal activity. I wouldn’t have thought this to be intellectually challenging, but if we were to change our marijuana laws, then it wouldn't be illegal. See? This doesn’t promote illegal activity. Marijuana laws create illegal activity and we'd like to discuss that.

Of course, marijuana reformers are constantly accused of childishness. We are dismissed as self-interested hippies waiving the banner of personal freedom whenever it suits us, while refusing to engage in serious conversations about empirical data and sound public policy. Yet, what can be said about those who serve as gatekeepers in the marketplace of ideas and abuse their authority by arbitrarily blocking discussion of ideas they find objectionable?

In truth, it is often opponents of the reform argument who act childishly, feigning irrational concerns that simply permitting debate will somehow aggravate the drug problem. Such behavior must be recognized for what it is: a great insult to the intelligence of the public.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah...in America we are supposed to legally be allowed equal access to public media, but of course, that doesn't happen because American citizens are complacent and have let a virus take hold of their country from within while they worry about an outside threat that was never a threat. That virus owns the media, hollywood, publishing, entertainment, and everything else under the sun, and it's not hard to figure out who the people are.
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