USA: pro Bush big media censor Dixie Chicks

Dixie Chicks

From Peek blog in the USA:

Because we certainly don’t want a Press that criticizes the government…

NBC is refusing to run the trailer for the Dixie Chicks documentary, Shut Up and Sing, because: ‘it won’t accept the spots… disparaging of President Bush.”

Harvey Weinstein said in a statement that: “The idea that anyone should be penalized for criticizing the president is profoundly un-American.”

For the moment they’ve got YouTube and the other networks who are willing to air the ad.

You can watch it here (upper right) [at the Peek site].

John Anderson writes:

A film about terrorism, “Shut Up & Sing” is the story of the Dixie Chicks from 2003, when singer Natalie Maines told a U.K. audience she was “ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas,” and country music decided that appeasing the nuts was better than embracing the talent.

What the Chicks – the biggest-selling female recording act ever – display is talent, nerve and heart.

What their opposition displays is a belief in a cultural scorched-earth policy that goes beyond boycotts of music and right-wing radio excoriation.

See also here.

Sexist backlash against Dixie Chicks: here.

Clear Channel boycotted Dixie Chicks; on them, see also here.

Censored cartoons: here.

From British daily The Morning Star:

The Competition Commission in Britain has just cleared a proposed merger that it had previously been concerned about to the extent that its provisional ruling had blocked the deal.

It is the merger of our biggest concert promotion company LiveNation and the huge online ticket agency Ticketmaster. I believe it’s a truly dangerous step for live music.