imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Today Show Goes Dark On Tim Robbins

by Sarin Deputy Sunday, Apr. 20, 2003 at 8:48 PM

A conversation about free speech. An anchor asking reasonable questions. A guest responding in equally reasonable tones. No attempt to close out the discussion - to say "Well thank you Tim". This was not a filibuster. Robbins was not hogging the spotlight. Someone in the control room simply decided that it was time to pull the plug.

Today Show Goes Dark On Tim Robbins

Today Show Goes Dark On Tim Robbins

By Steve Rosenbaum, A NYC television producer

4-19-3

At 8:15 Monday Morning Today Show host Mat Lauer introduced the controversy that has been kicked up by the cancellation of the 15th anniversary of Bull Durham at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

In a letter made public on Wednesday - Dale Petroskey, the President of the Hall suggested that his venue was not the appropriate venue for a highly charged political expression.

 

Lauer then introduced Tim Robbins, who along with his wife Susan Sarandon, had had their initiations revoked. Lauer quizzed Robbins on free speech, and pointedly asked Robbins if he had planned to use the Hall of Fame event as a platform for a political statement. Robbins said 'of course not.'

 

The discussion went back in forth for a few minutes, with Lauer being neither accommodating nor confrontational. And Robbins' responses were equally measured. But Robbins did end up saying things that have hardly been heard before since the war began. "The message is if you speak out against this administration you can and will be punished" Robbins explained.

 

"We're sending out messages on an almost daily basis that they have no right to protest against this President" said Robbins. To which Lauer responded with a question about the Dixie Chicks and their controversial comments against the President. Robbins responded - pointing to the fact that the protest and banning of the Dixie Chicks was by Clear Channel Radio and it's connection with the Bush Administration. This conversation was unheard of in the current environment.

 

Robins was talking serious politics on a morning chat show - and clearly hackles went up. By 8:24 Robins was explaining "We're fighting for freedom for the Iraqi people right now so that they can have freedom of speech, yet we're telling our own citizens they have to be quiet"

 

Lauer could have called it quits there -but he went on "When you see pictures of Iraqi's dancing and celebrating -does it change your mind?" "No" Said Robbins - "I'm ecstatic that they feel this freedom, I hope we have the resolve to get in there and make it work."

 

It was at this point that something happened that has perhaps never happened before in the history of morning television.

 

The music swelled under Robbins... Mid-sentence answering a question that had been asked just 10 seconds earlier... "We have a terrible track record" said Robbins, clearly not able to hear that music was coming up to literally 'play him off the stage'.

 

The camera cut to a wide shot. Lauer was leaning in and very much in conversation. Either Lauer was ignoring what must have been the deluge of invectives in his earpiece, or he just determined that he wasn't finished with this line of questioning.

 

But the music ended. The bumper music ended and the studio was in the two shot as Robbins said..."It's for some reason not in our best interest to keep it going and pursue it to the next level." Lauer nodded, and the camera faded to black as Robbins - mid sentence - had his microphone turned down.

 

A conversation about free speech. An anchor asking reasonable questions. A guest responding in equally reasonable tones. No attempt to close out the discussion - to say "Well thank you Tim". This was not a filibuster. Robbins was not hogging the spotlight.

 

Someone in the control room simply decided that it was time to pull the plug. And without grace or ceremony, or even the face saving of letting Lauer say "We're out of time" as morning shows do on so many occasions.

 

A conversation about free speech and free expression was cut off mid sentence as the network went to black.

 

Television history was made, as million of Americans got to watch in real time just how powerful and inescapable censorship can be. Robbins wasn't revealing troop locations, or giving aid and comfort to the enemy. Remember the war has been won - by all accounts. He was discussing freedom, free speech, and why his appearance has been canceled at the Baseball Hall of Fame. NBC should invite him back and let him finish his thought - or admit at least who was on the phone to master control demanding that they pull the plug.

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 54 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Free Speech Fred Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 4:36 AM
Please note... Diogenes Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 5:56 AM
He's right, ya know Triogenes Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 6:39 AM
ridiculous fresca Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 6:51 AM
fresca... Diogenes Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 7:54 AM
the spirit of the first amendment... johnk Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 9:42 AM
After all... Diogenes Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 1:56 PM
sideliners bill b. Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 3:06 PM
For Christ's sake Dio... fresca Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 7:11 PM
The vast right wing conspiracy fred Monday, Apr. 21, 2003 at 7:22 PM
My Take on Rush Limbaugh occasional writer Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 8:34 AM
BA occasional writer Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 11:33 AM
BA occasional writer Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 11:35 AM
In other words....... Pete Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 11:40 AM
occasional writer olvie Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 12:01 PM
Worth the Risk Meyer London Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 12:25 PM
Diogenes...come on, really. Brian Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 12:53 PM
Memo to Brian FOX NEWS Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 12:57 PM
good points pete...but fred Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 1:41 PM
London fred Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 1:48 PM
To Brian Diogenes Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003 at 3:09 PM
capitalism and freedom Meyer London Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 6:04 AM
Reply to "the smoking man"(X files) aka-Diogenes Brian Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 6:06 AM
Brian Sean Hannity Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 6:35 AM
Dear Brian lancer Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 6:55 AM
Meyer London daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 6:59 AM
lancer daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:07 AM
weapons Meyer London Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:10 AM
In other words, daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:12 AM
davemoron Tommy Frankfurter Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:14 AM
I wear desert boots, daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:18 AM
I just wanna... daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:19 AM
daveman, seek professional help occasional writer Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:21 AM
sick Meyer London Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:32 AM
That's right daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 7:35 AM
ML/ow daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 8:06 AM
wow occasional writer Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:02 AM
I did not post... daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:08 AM
daveman fake occasional writer Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:13 AM
Fake occasional writer post above The REAL occasional writer Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:18 AM
fake occasional writer daveman Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:21 AM
occasional writer ow Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:24 AM
London Fred Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:25 AM
ow (Simple Simon) Bush Admirer Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:27 AM
occasional writer ow Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:32 AM
ow (Simple Simon) Bush Admirer Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:34 AM
accasional writer (Diogenes) the REAL occasional writer Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 9:37 AM
Reply to Lancer Brian Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 12:32 PM
Memo to Brian FOX NEWS Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 12:33 PM
Reply to FOX news Brian Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2003 at 12:40 PM
Bully Bully Bully Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 5:14 AM
I hate them coloreds! John Rocker Friday, Apr. 25, 2003 at 6:49 AM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy