Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 46597
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5/11    Kiss free speech goodbye.
        \_ Random overly-sensational not particularly descriptive comment.
           \_ A congressional caucus got together to threaten the advertisers
              of a PBS documentary.  How is that overly-sensational?
              \_ It implies that there was some sort of official move on the
                 part of the government to end all free speech. It brings to
                 mind visions of Orwellian dystopias. Instead, what you have is
                 the market being brought to bear on the sponsors of a film,
                 and subsequent pressure from those sponsors on the maker of
                 the film. Burns is not obligated to listen to his sponsors,
                 and his sponsors are not obligated to pay attention to threats
                 from activist groups; that they did so bespeaks of nothing
                 more than a lack of conviction that the film in its original
                 form was worth fighting to the death for.
                 \_ Again, a CONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS threatened the advertisers.
                    \_ You appear to have difficulty evaluating the actual
                       significance of events.
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Paul Farhi Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, May 3, 2007; Page C01 Latino advocacy organizations upset about filmmaker Ken Burns's forthcoming PBS documentary on World War II have stepped up their campaign against the film, pressuring two corporate sponsors to remove their support. Leaders of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, an umbrella organization of 14 groups, on Tuesday asked representatives of General Motors Corp. and Anheuser-Busch to disavow their sponsorship and remove their corporate logos from Burns's "The War," a 14-hour documentary scheduled to be shown on PBS stations in September, coincidentally during Hispanic Heritage Month. Facebook "Our message was very simple," said Manuel Mirabal, the association's chairman. If they plan to do so, to put it bluntly, they will not be held harmless." He added: "We should all be working to resolve this issue together. We understand that Ken Burns has his artistic principles, but in this case taxpayer dollars were used to make this film and it is flawed. Ken Burns can make as many films as he wants, but the buck stops here because he's using our taxpayer dollars." The groups, including veterans' organizations, have complained for months that the documentary includes no mention of Latino contributions to the American war effort. The controversy began last fall when, after a screening of the film, Burns's team acknowledged that Latinos were not represented in the documentary. The campaign against the film was initiated by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a University of Texas journalism professor who directs the US Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project. PBS officials, Burns and the advocacy groups met last month in Washington without reaching a resolution. PBS and Burns have said that they will add additional material to address the issue and that they have hired a Latino filmmaker to assist in producing it. But Burns and PBS have said repeatedly that the film itself is complete and that the new material will not be part of the stories detailed in the documentary. The addition of new material hasn't quieted the protests; the organizations are concerned that such content will be a mere "add-on" that marginalizes the war service of Latinos. In a related development, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said it has requested meetings with representatives from General Motors, Anheuser-Busch and other underwriters of "The War" to raise the same issues. In a statement yesterday, General Motors said: "We are aware that some Hispanic organizations and leaders have expressed concerns about the exclusion of diverse groups of people who served in World War II from the documentary. We encourage these organizations to engage in conversations with Mr Burns and PBS so that an understanding can be reached with a resolution that is agreeable to all parties." A representative for the automaker, Ryndee S Carney, added in an interview yesterday that the company has "no plans to remove our name from the film." Anheuser-Busch said in a statement yesterday that it was not involved in developing the documentary's content. The company said: "Our long history of military support includes numerous Latino veterans' organizations and projects honoring the Latino contribution to American military efforts." GM and Anheuser-Busch are the sole corporate sponsors of the documentary, providing about $5 million of the film's $8 million budget. General Motors has provided funding for Burns's Florentine Films for 20 years. People close to the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility say its leadership urged the two companies to cut future financial ties to Burns and to meet with him to stress their concerns. Among the nonprofit and quasi-governmental organizations that provided funding are the Lilly Endowment, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Longaberger Foundation and the Park Foundation, according to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Mirabal, whose group met with GM and Anheuser-Busch executives in Miami, stopped short of saying Latinos would boycott the corporations if the group's demands were ignored. But in an interview, he made clear that his organization considered the status quo unacceptable. Top 35 Most Viewed Post a Comment Comments: (Limit 5,000 characters) Post Comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site.