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25 Mar
Paulsen on TV Censorship

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 97 01:08:16 -0800
To: Fun_People
Subject: Paulsen on TV Censorship

Forwarded-by: Keith Bostic <>
Forwarded-by: "Keith E. Sullivan" <>


The time has come to quit %&@$%@# around and talk about censorship.  We of
the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour have had our share of censorship problems,
but we are not against censorship because we realize there is always the
danger of something being said.

Many people feel that censorship is a violation of Freedom of Speech.  Bull
feathers!  Censorship is not unconstitutional.  Censors have the right to
censor what you hear.  The Bill of Rights says nothing about Freedom of
Hearing.  This, of course, takes a lot of the fun out of the Freedom of
Speech.  But without censorship of television, how can you, the American
public, have the protection you want from vulgar scenes, overexposed bodies
and all the other sights you like to see.  There is nothing in the Bill of
Rights about Freedom of Seeing.  You can look for it, but if you see it,
you'd better not show it to anybody

Therefore, censorship does not interfere with the constitutional right of
every American to sit alone in the dark, in the nude and cuss.  The censors
on our show are not unreasonable, I know these men and they like a good
joke.  They object to questionable material only if the audience laughs at

Without the censors we would all be at the mercy of the warped minds of the
television industry and Deity only knows what you would see -- probably some
of the most foul, nasty disgusting vulgar, funniest, greatest stuff in the

But let's face it -- there have to be some realistic taboos, especially with
regard to political comment.  After all, the leaders of our country were
not elected to be tittered at.  The censors must draw the line somewhere.
We're not allowed to say Ronald Reagan is a lousy governor, but we are
allowed to say he is a lousy actor.  That is ridiculous.  We know he's a
good actor.

So, in conclusion, you can see that there is a place for censors and we only
wish that we were allowed to tell you where it is.

Thank you,

Patrick L. Paulsen

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