October 28, 2006 · Lessig
There’s a storm raging about NBC’s refusal to run ads for the Dixie Chicks’ new movie, Shut Up and Sing. As the Washington Post reports, NBC told the ad agency, the network would not run the ads because “they are disparaging of President Bush.”
This is nothing new for NBC. In August, 2004, I wrote about an attempt by filmmaker Robert Greenwald to license a 1 minute clip from Meet the Press, in which the President explained his reasons for going to war. Greenwald was denied the permission, his agent told they could not use it because the clip was “not very flattering to the president.”
At that time, a lawyer from NBC protested to me that what I had written was not true. I asked how he knew that. I had interviewed the woman who had spoken to the NBC permissions person. I had known her independently of this incident. I knew her to be an honest person. So how did he know she was lying?
Because she must be lying, I was told. NBC would never do anything like this.
Right. Never. Except at least twice.