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Friday, September 1st, 2006 at
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Mirror – Bush Whacked: Fury as Dubya ‘assassinated’ by C4: A hard-hitting British TV drama that shows President Bush assassinated by a terrorist sniper sparked outrage last night… John Beyer of TV watchdog MediaWatch said the drama was irresponsible and could even spark a real-life assassination attempt. He added: “There’s a lot of feeling against President Bush and this may well put ideas into people’s heads.” And Mr Beyer issued a stark warning to Channel 4 bosses, saying: “If something happens as a consequence of this film, then blood is on their hands. Film-makers must understand how much power the media has. For that reason, the film should not be screened.” (via)
As you might expect, Media Watch Watch has a comment on the John Beyer comment.
My views on this kind of thing are clear:
Bloggerheads – October 2003: While Bush’s mouthpiece Ari Fleischer may see fit to flout US law prohibiting the assassination of foreign leaders by dropping less-than-subtle hints, you should not under any circumstances attempt to pierce George W. Bush’s brain with a bullet. It’s not only a close-to-impossible shot, it’s a very silly thing to do.
But I want to know where the hell John Beyer was when I needed publicity for this little number.