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  •  Raleigh has TWO Sinclair (none)
    stations. One is running this thing on Friday night, the other on Saturday night. It's UPN and WB, so not too many people will accidently catch it, but certainly more than if they ran it concurrently or only on ONE station in the area.

    "Hypocrisies shine like cat turds in the moonlight!" - Garrison Keillor

    by RNinNC on Thu Oct 21, 2004 at 01:28:05 PM PDT

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    •  I'm a lot less worried (none)
      now that I've read the transcript. It sounds like a warmed over swift boat ad.

      This has 0 flip thru stop potential, especially on a friday night. Who wants to watch a bunch of old whining vietnam vets on the WB when there's a rerun of When Buildings Fall Down on Fox?

      What a bunch of pathetic flaccid penises these guys are. Aaahhn, john kerry hurt my feelings. There is one word to describe this schlock...other than dishonest...BORING. That's the ultimate TV killer.

      •  well, you are less worried, but.... (none)
        ..you know the facts, and you know the basic false premises that this crap is based on. You know that they cut the crucial "They said.." in "They said they cut off ears [etc]", thus transforming it from a straight reporting to an accusation. You know that probably every negative assertion regarding Kerry is false or based on a lie or misrepresentation.

        But for folks who do not know as much as you do and just accept the (false) premises and the basic lies as facts at face value, it could be believable and convincing.

        In addition, think about the potential of all other media (CNN, the other major networks) "reporting" on the showing of this program non-stop by airing clips from it, from now till election day. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Without clearly showing the falseness of the premises, without airing the full quote from Kerry, just swamping everyone with this filth and with pundits arguing how damaging for Kerry this could be.

        So I guess for me, I am disgusted and worried that ignorance and blatant lying might win crucial votes through this.

        •  coverage a greater threat (none)
          you have a point, I didn't think of that. That's what propelled the Swift Boat liars' ads. Originally only played in what, 3 states, and for $500,000 worth of air time. They got about $500 million's worth of air time for free, courtesy endless national coverage, endless replay of very destructive clips, without rebuttal or correction.
          •  am i being naive (none)
            to think that there is press fatigue of this issue as well as voter fatigue?

            I haven't seen any good press for this show. It's a rehash of the old lies. I would think even sclfm will recognize what a piece of bullshit this is and the tactics being used to show it.

            Hopefully that will be the news...

      •  It's not the content... (4.00)
        It's the use of OUR airwaves, a publicly-owned resource, for the purposes of promoting a single party's position and not for benefit of the public as a whole.  That's a violation of the licensing agreement between the U.S. and SBG.

        This may be Swifty crap warmed over, but regardless of its impact it doesn't belong on the air unless equal time is provide to other parties.

      •  Not a good idea (none)
        to refer to former P.O.W.s as "i'm-not-going-to-repeat-it."

        They have a right to voice their opinions even if they're lying.  I'm sure at least some of the men in the quote-unquote documentary even believe what they're saying.

        •  I'm sorry if that offends (none)
          I have nothing but respect and compassion for people who spent time in POW camps. I have nothing but respect and admiration for people who fought in vietname, unless of course they were part of the groups of American soldiers who committed terrible war crimes--which DID happen.

          I'm not calling them names because they were POWs or because they fought in vietnam. I'm calling them names because in their bizzare, selfish, short-sighted, dishonest quest for "revenge" against somebody they think wronged their "honor", they might well succeed in putting the biggest threat to our democracy in the history of the nation back in the white house to wage war on everything I hold dear for another four years. THAT's a crime, against me and my family.

          It's time these guys put aside their anger, or found a more honest and constructive way to deal with it than whining, blaming the wrong people for their problems and making shit up, because they're, for lack of a better term, hurting america.

          •  why not have Kerry's boat mates on the show? (none)

            The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are! (who?)

            by bluecayuga on Fri Oct 22, 2004 at 06:00:20 AM PDT

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            •  why not organize a flash mob at Toys R Us (none)
              during the screenings to demonstrate the absurdity of spending time rehashing decades old, irrelevant issues surrounding these poor, put upon vets' "pride"?

              I refuse to even legitimize this self-serving garbage with a response. Putting Kerry's boat mates on would degrade them.

    •  Mattel's Reponse to Sinclair (Another Cop Out) (none)
      Thank you for contacting Mattel.  We always appreciate hearing from our consumers on issues that are important to them.

      We have discussed your comments with the appropriate area at Mattel. Mattel's policy is to work with our advertising agencies to pre-screen all programming that Mattel commercials are placed in.   We do not endorse or support a specific political party or candidate, and would not support any related programming with our advertising.

      We advertise on a broad range of stations, including local, national and cable programming.  As you can imagine, advertising decisions are made with advanced planning and we had no prior knowledge of Sinclair's actions at the time of these decisions.

      Our philosophy at Mattel is to support candidates and parties through the Mattel Political Action Committee, which is filed publicly with the FEC (federal elections commission).

      We suggest that if you have concerns pertaining to Sinclair's broadcasting practices that you contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directly. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can be contacted by logging onto WWW.FCC.Gov or by calling 1-888-225-5322.

      Sincerely,

      Mattel, Inc.
      Consumer Relations

    •  Mattel's Reponse to Sinclair (Another Cop Out) (none)
      Thank you for contacting Mattel.  We always appreciate hearing from our consumers on issues that are important to them.

      We have discussed your comments with the appropriate area at Mattel. Mattel's policy is to work with our advertising agencies to pre-screen all programming that Mattel commercials are placed in.   We do not endorse or support a specific political party or candidate, and would not support any related programming with our advertising.

      We advertise on a broad range of stations, including local, national and cable programming.  As you can imagine, advertising decisions are made with advanced planning and we had no prior knowledge of Sinclair's actions at the time of these decisions.

      Our philosophy at Mattel is to support candidates and parties through the Mattel Political Action Committee, which is filed publicly with the FEC (federal elections commission).

      We suggest that if you have concerns pertaining to Sinclair's broadcasting practices that you contact the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directly. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can be contacted by logging onto WWW.FCC.Gov or by calling 1-888-225-5322.

      Sincerely,

      Mattel, Inc.
      Consumer Relations

      •  REGIS CORPORATION' S Sinclair Response (none)
        Thank you for your email regarding Sinclair Broadcasting Group.  We have
        received numerous emails from individuals regarding this issue; some
        threatening to boycott our company, and some encouraging us not to buckle
        to this threat.

        Regis Corporation does not participate in political or religious
        activities.  Simply put, we cut hair.  We employ over 53,000 people, many
        of whom are paid on commission, and rely on that income to support their
        families.  By boycotting us, you are hurting individuals - our employees
        and their families.

        We have notified Sinclair Broadcasting Group not to air our advertising
        during or adjacent to any political programming.  That is the right thing
        to do.  To take any further action would be inappropriate, and not in
        keeping with our responsibilities to our employees and our stockholders.

        In return, we are asking you to remove our name from your boycott list.

        Thank you.

        REGIS CORPORATION

        Letter sent to Sinclair Broadcast Group

        VIA FACSIMILE

        October 14, 2004

        Mr. David D. Smith
        Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
        10706 Beaver Dam Road
        Hunt Valley, MD  21030

        Dear Mr. Smith:

        I am writing regarding a matter of deep concern.  We have received well
        over 1,000 e-mails from consumers threatening to boycott our salons due to
        anti-Kerry political programming your stations are planning to run.  The
        argument is that since we advertise on some of your stations, we are
        supporting this programming.  To be clear, we do not condone or participate
        in political activities.  These divisive activities are best left to
        individuals.

        Therefore, we are demanding that your stations not run any of our
        advertisements during or adjacent to this political programming.  In the
        event this reasonable demand is not adhered to, we will hold your company
        completely responsible for any damages we sustain.

        Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

        Sincerely,

        REGIS CORPORATION

        •  Toyota's Reponse to Sinclair protest letter (none)
          Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

          Toyota is sensitive to the opinions of our customers and we apologize if our advertising with affiliates of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group has offended you in any way.

          Please know that Toyota selects and purchases advertising airtime contracts directly from various networks, not the Sinclair Broadcasting Group itself, months prior to an actual broadcast. Toyota does not know in advance the topic or the guests that may appear on those programs. Therefore, a Toyota commercial aired during specific programming does not constitute agreement with the program's content.

          Your email has been documented at our National Headquarters under file #200410210146. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.

          Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to receive your feedback whereupon we can improve our advertising and marketing efforts.

          Toyota Customer Experience

          •  General Mills (Say Goodbye To Cheer-E -Os) (none)
            Thank you for contacting .

            Many consumers have written to share their views on this issue.  Some have urged General Mills to use its influence as an advertiser to ensure that the media reports the news in an unbiased manner. Some have urged General Mills to continue advertising, and have threatened to withdraw support for our products if we alter our advertising plans.  Passions run deep on both sides, particularly this close to an election.  

            Whenever possible, General Mills does strive to preview the programs on which our advertising appears.  We do so to assure that we do not advertise on programs inconsistent with the family-oriented nature of our products. This works well with entertainment programs produced and available for advance screening, but pre-screening of news broadcasts is usually not possible.

            Our view in this area is clear. We believe one of the fundamental elements of our society is the freedom of the press.  Companies such as ours, in our view, should not attempt to influence, control or pre-empt the content of news through the leverage of advertising sponsorship. To do so would undermine that fundamental freedom.

            From time to time, any one of us as viewers may consider a particular news story to be inaccurate or imbalanced.  News organizations do err.  Judgment is not always well applied.  One major news organization recently acknowledged that errors were made in stories relating to the current presidential election.  When such errors occur, certainly a price is paid in terms of reputation.  But errors and questionable judgment are an acceptable price to pay, in our view, to assure the presence of a free and independent media in our society.

            As viewers, each of us is free to make a choice.  We can choose to patronize or not patronize programs with our viewership.  We can choose to patronize or not patronize particular television stations, or even entire networks.

            Similarly, advertisers may choose not to sponsor certain broadcasts, a particular network or specific publications because of their journalistic standards and judgment. But advertisers should not attempt to control or pre-empt news programming prior to broadcast or publication. That, in our view, would be inappropriate.

            In this instance, as in the example cited earlier, passionate voices are calling on advertisers to insert themselves into the election by threatening to boycott those who remove or who do not remove their advertising.

            We choose to stand with freedom of the press.

            We welcome the views that you and others have shared with us.  You may rest assured that we will remind the networks we sponsor that the integrity of their reporting reflects on the companies that advertise during their broadcasts.

            Hopefully, you will understand our views - and the importance we place on a free press.

            Again, thank you for taking the time to contact us and share your views.

            Sincerely,

            General Mills

    •  Listed in Raleigh... (none)
      Tonight at 9:00, but it's not being shown!

      Card-carrying member, RBC [Reality-Based Community]

      by warhistorian on Thu Oct 21, 2004 at 06:06:47 PM PDT

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