Monday, February 25, 2008

Censored in Alabama

(Updated below)
For those focused on the Oscars last night, CBS's venerable news show 60 Minutes did a segment on the political prosecution and imprisonment of Alabama's Democratic Governor Don Siegelman. It's one of the most blatant pieces of political prosecution imaginable and unsurprisingly it's got Karl Rove's fingerprints all over it.

Of course it's not just Oscar viewers who missed it. If you live in most parts of Alabama and you were tuned into the program you saw the screen go black for the Siegelman segment and only the Siegelman segment. The local affiliate blamed technical problems at CBS headquarters in New York. CBS politely called this complete bullshit.

The Alabama Affiliate that apparently decided the people of Alabama shouldn't be exposed to this story is owned by the Bass family, passionately partisan Republicans and heavy contributors to the party.

Share this video widely, particularly with anyone you know in Alabama.

How far along on the road to tyranny is a country, when the public can be kept from hearing about this kind of story at the whim of media magnates?

UPDATE: Now that the extremely convenient and specific 'technical error' has made world-wide news the station has promised to re-air the report tonight.

UPDATE 2: One of 60 Minutes primary sources for the story, specifically on prosecutorial standards was Republican former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods. Quin Hillyer at the American Spectator sniffs that he's not much of a Republican because he takes 'liberal' positions like once prosecuting a border patrol agent for shooting an illegal immigrant.

Jesus Christ.

The rest of Hillyer's unhinged hit piece is dismantled here.

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