September 7, 2009
Editor’s note: WMC-TV has apparently filed a copyright infringement claim with YouTube and the original news report was removed. A search using YouTube’s search engine, however, produces dozens of videos from the Memphis television station. None of these videos were removed due to copyright violation, leading us to believe the removal has nothing to do with copyright — it has to do with the Obama Joker poster and WMC-TV’s biased “reporting” of the incident.
WMC-TV’s management needs to be asked why they have removed this particular video but not the others. The main switchboard number for WMC-TV is (901) 726-0555. The general manager is Lee Meredith (email@example.com). There are additional email addresses on this page.
In August, the NBC affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee, WMC-TV, aired a report on the Obama Joker poster. In the report, people interviewed said the posters were disrespectful and hateful. One man said he worried about the posters and what they might do to children because the artwork of Obama is like a cartoon. “What do the kids learn from this?” the man asked, holding up the poster.
First, the kids learn there is a First Amendment. It was established specifically to protect unpopular political speech. Second, the kids learn that the Obama Joker poster is political speech and not a hate crime or pornography, as the man interviewed by WMC-TV seems to think. Third, the kids learn that not everybody agrees with Obama or respects him. Fourth, the kids learn that some people consider the president a criminal and that is why they portray him as a criminal cartoon character.
The culprit’s video documenting the festooning of a bridge in Tennessee was submitted back in August for Alex Jones’ Obama Joker contest. No word if he was ultimately arrested and charged with a serious crime for portraying the president as a criminal cartoon character endangering America’s children.
This article was posted: Monday, September 7, 2009 at 9:51 am