Albuquerque Journal says KNME guilty of “close cousin to censorship”

Robert L. Crowther, II

Saturday, the Albuquerque Journal ran a staff editorial chastising PBS affiliate KNME for its decision to ban UMOL. The Journal correctly pointed out that KNME’s censorship is nothing more than viewpoint discrimination writing, “refusing to air a program supporting the less popular point of view looks like a close cousin to censorship.” The Journal notes that KNME should have taken the high road and aired the film as an educational service to viewers.

“Consumers are best served when given a full range of viewpoints and allowed to decide for themselves what is fact and what is fiction.”

It’s obvious now that had KNME just aired the program the whole issue would be over and done with now and they wouldn’t be facing criticism for censorship. Further, they wouldn’t have opened up this hornets nest for PBS nationally who now will have to face similar charges for pulling the video from its ShopPBS.org web site.

Robert Crowther, II

Robert Crowther holds a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in public affairs and 20 years experience as a journalist, publisher, and brand marketing and media relations specialist. From 1994-2000 he was the Director of Public and Media Relations for Discovery Institute overseeing most aspects of communications for each of the Institute's major programs. In addition to handling public and media relations he managed the Institute's first three books to press, Justice Matters by Roberta Katz, Speaking of George Gilder edited by Frank Gregorsky, and The End of Money by Richard Rahn.

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