vacheestfachee (vacheestfachee) wrote in progressiveblog,

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FCC complaints re: Robertson death threat

(x-posted widely)

If you're interested, you can complain to the FCC about Pat Robertson's recent fatwa -- just write and explain the offense and when/where it took place, and it'll go into the official logs and whatnot. (Contact info here, with thanks.)

I tend to think that an FCC fine might be good for the ol' CBN -- they have pleeeenty of money, and it might be a better reminder that one must watch one's mouth when one is being aired on NATIONAL TELEVISION. Turn-about's fair play, and all that.

Here's the letter I wrote -- feel free to copy it, if you're so inclined:

I am writing to register a complaint about the program "The 700 Club" of Monday, August 22, 2005. This nationally-broadcast program was produced by the Christian Broadcast Network and aired locally on [station] at 9:00 am Eastern Time.

In this program, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson encouraged American agents to assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. He stated that, "I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don't think any oil shipments will stop." He then went on to say that "We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another 200-billion-dollar war to get rid of one strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

Death threats are illegal and terroristic, and inciting the murder of a duly-elected foreign head of state is completely inappropriate for American public airwaves. I urge the strongest punishment possible for this offense. Besides being appropriate to the offense, this type of response will send a strong message that the American government does not condone terrorism against any country's leader.

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