PRIVATE AND PUBLIC RYANS
The Times has an editorial
today about ABC's affiliates refusing to air Saving Private Ryan
. The reason being given is that the movie has bad language and graphic violence -- limbs getting blown off on camera, etc.
Dad theorizes that the right wingers don't want to air a movie about American soldiers getting killed while we're busy at war in Iraq. This would seem like a conspiracy theory if not for the President's overall efforts to paint the war in the rosiest possible hues: no pictures of the corpses coming home, please, and let's pretend that Fallujah was a big success.
Lisa and I watched it the other night. It's a powerful movie, even if it does edge into sentiment. Hunter came in towards the end and we wound up talking about wars and how they start and the price of freedom. I think that's worth a little (or a lot) of bad language and a lot of carnage.