My HD DVR at the ready (including shifting ER and CSI to SD recording), I heard this morning that WFAA is NOT going to show Saving Private Ryan tonight
. As a veteran, I am outraged at everyone involved.
The FCC did not grant a waiver or otherwise reassure ABC that they would not (or even tell them they would, in spite of previous airings) be fined. I was as upset as anyone about the Super Bowl fiasco, but the point was that the Super Bowl wasn't billed as adult entertainment! Saving Private Ryan will have warnings before it begins and on every commercial break. Tell parents up front, then they have a choice, but don't spring it on us.
WFAA - you're wimps. The fine will be so litigated that it will never pass. Any lawyer worth his salt can differentiate between a completely known and warned content and a surprise. And although I object to the characterization of sex as more offensive than violence (the last time I checked, humanity could go 1000 years without violence, but we wouldn't make it that long without sex), Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" is a completely different matter from a realistic depiction of a very real war.Contact WFAA -- TODAY -- and let them know you want them to show Saving Private Ryan.And contact the FCC -- TODAY -- and let them know they are not serving the public interest by leaving the network hanging on this.
It's Veteran's Day for goodness sakes!