They're not afraid because Democrats, traditionally, don't know how to make anyone pay. Grudges are the specialty of the right. They are still trying to sink a popular ex-President's legacy long after he's out of office--because he beat them. They are still trying to transform the "liberal media" because they're mad about Watergate, not that Nixon did the crimes, but that he got caught. Heck, they are still getting even for FDR and the New Deal.
And given our track record, it's a distinct possibility that this is exactly what will happen. And we will have failed to draw blood. No matter how loudly we howled, no consequences will attach, and that will embolden every other media outlet, and the Republicans to continue to do this.
We often sit here slack-jawed at their gall, at the sheer nerve of the outrageous things they do. We wonder if they have no shame. No, they don't. Nor do they have any fear whatsoever. And this is just the beginning really.
If ABC does this and gets away with it, other media outlets will follow suit. And I'm not just talking about FOX. You think there aren't a thousand other nutjob, irresponsible, right wing activists out there who aren't ready to market films about every issue of import in history over the public airwaves? Vietnam will be next--we'll probably have films of protesters killing babies to throw blood on soldiers with. Then will come films about the 2000 election, and the popular vote will have gone to George Bush. And on and on.
The context with which our citizens understand each election--well, in a democracy, frankly, there is no more important issue. Because it will determine the rest.
So I'm asking you to pledge, in this diary, to help make sure ABC and their partners feel the pain and reap what they've sewn. They can only do that if we keep our attention span.
I want there to be one high-impact diary every single day for at least the next year on how to make Disney and ABC pay for what they did. I can't write them all; and it would be useless if I did. So I'm asking for volunteers. Pledge yourself to write just one diary this year with action items that we can take to make ABC/Disney miserable for choosing to violate the public trust. Just one diary this year that will keep this at the forefront.
Pledge too that whenever you see such a diary, you'll recommend it.
I will pledge to coordinate said diaries so that they come out once a day, and email everyone on the list to let them know to read and recommend.
So, now the test. Can I get 365 volunteers?