Open your email accounts, folks.
It's time to slap the media around again.
From this thread over at the Smirking Chimp, we learn that CBS is not going to air Ron Reagan Jr.'s speech at all and that NBC and ABC won't carry it live. So its time to send letters, let them know how you feel about their editorial choices. Here's mine.
I just read that CBS news is not planning on airing Ron Reagan Jr.'s speech at the upcoming Democratic National Convention, either live or in later coverage. I'm more than a little disappointed about this, for a couple of reasons.
First off, it's a momentous occasion--the son of a Republican president speaking at the Democratic National convention. The excuse given was weak--that the producers didn't want to give an hour to an 8 minute speech. Sorry, but no one is buying that excuse, not when you give unending coverage to Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson and Martha Stewart's legal travails, none of which affect the average American to the extent that the subject of Reagan's speech does, which brings me to my second point.
As I am sure you're aware, Reagan plans to speak on the subject of stem cell research, a subject near and dear to my heart since the potential for medical breakthroughs seems, for now, to be limitless.
My dad has Alzheimers, just like President Reagan had. My nephew suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic disease that has destroyed everything but his mind. Both of these diseases are the subjects of research done with stem cells, so this subject and the actions of the Bush administration in this matter have angered me to no end. When I see ideologues opposing research that could result in medical treatment for my father and/or my nephew, I get upset. When I see a major television network aiding and abetting that opposition for no apparent reason, I get incensed.
Have some decency. Show the speech, and give it the respect it deserves.