8 months ago
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Did They Censor Profanity Or Ideas?
DURING THE BROADCAST of the Emmy Awards on Sunday evening, Fox censored three actors.
"Some language during the live broadcast may have been considered inappropriate by some viewers. As a result, Fox’s broadcast standards executives determined it appropriate to drop sound during those portions of the show," the network said in a statement.
But the parts censored are rather odd: extreme liberal Sally Field used an expletive when she bad-mouthed the war in Iraq; Ray Romano revealed info about a character in a new Fox series; Katherine Heigle "mouthed a curse word normally associated with frustration or disgust" after being announced as a winner. Heigl didn't even actually say anything ... the network didn't want viewers to be able to read her lips.
Did the network censor for the public's safety and standards or did they censor to protect their own interests?
Did the Fox network, sister of the conservative Fox News Channel, clamp down on Sally Field because of her views on the war?
Did Fox go too far?