Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

April 30, 2004

by V

John McCain, Grown-up

U.S. Senator John McCain
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) issued the following letter today to Mr. David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, in response to the preemption of this evening's Nightline program:
I write to strongly protest your decision to instruct Sinclair’s ABC affiliates to preempt this evening’s Nightline program. I find deeply offensive Sinclair’s objection to Nightline’s intention to broadcast the names and photographs of Americans who gave their lives in service to our country in Iraq.

I supported the President’s decision to go to war in Iraq, and remain a strong supporter of that decision. But every American has a responsibility to understand fully the terrible costs of war and the extraordinary sacrifices it requires of those brave men and women who volunteer to defend the rest of us; lest we ever forget or grow insensitive to how grave a decision it is for our government to order Americans into combat. It is a solemn responsibility of elected officials to accept responsibility for our decision and its consequences, and, with those who disseminate the news, to ensure that Americans are fully informed of those consequences.

There is no valid reason for Sinclair to shirk its responsibility in what I assume is a very misguided attempt to prevent your viewers from completely appreciating the extraordinary sacrifices made on their behalf by Americans serving in Iraq. War is an awful, but sometimes necessary business. Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of war’s terrible costs, in all their heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public, and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the public opprobrium it most certainly deserves.
Bravo. I'm still glad I voted for him in the 2000 Republican primary. Oh, how the world would be different.

Center for American Progress has much more on Sinclair, including their dissemination of explicitly anti-Democrat content to their stations.
Posted by V at April 30, 2004 01:23 PM

I envy your opportunity to have voted for McCain. By the time the Oregon primary came around he was off the ballot and there was no point in switching my registration from Indy to GOP so I could vote for him. I did manage to talk the head of his Oregon campaign into giving me all of the leftover McCain 2000 bumper stickers he had - about half a dozen. I still have a few of them.

As for McCain's letter to Sinclair... BRAVO!!!

Posted by: Kevin@TIV at April 30, 2004 03:48 PM

John McCain is a class act and one of the very few politicians I retain respect for.

As for Sinclair, there are no words to convey my feelings suffeciently. He and his ilk, are what is wrong with America. Shame.

OT, Kudos and applause for Ted Koppel for a moving and incredible peice.

Posted by: Hoosier at May 2, 2004 06:42 PM

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