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Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Censorship and self-censorship

Just in case you thought it was only self-censorship keeping reporters (and commentators) in line, CNN's Jack Cafferty revealed last night on The Daily Show that he was censored (post-facto) after calling Donald Rumsfeld a "war criminal" on the air, and forced to issue an apology and say that he "stepped over the line."

There is of course plenty of self-censorship as well. But ultimately, self-censorship happens because of real censorship (like firing, e.g., Phil Donohue), along with what we could call "social censorship" (ostracism).

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