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Friday, April 30, 2004  


Press Release
Friday, Apr 30, 2004
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) issued the following letter today to Mr. David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, in response to the preemption of this evening’s Nightline program:

I write to strongly protest your decision to instruct Sinclair’s ABC affiliates to preempt this evening’s Nightline program. I find deeply offensive Sinclair’s objection to Nightline’s intention to broadcast the names and photographs of Americans who gave their lives in service to our country in Iraq.

I supported the President’s decision to go to war in Iraq, and remain a strong supporter of that decision. But every American has a responsibility to understand fully the terrible costs of war and the extraordinary sacrifices it requires of those brave men and women who volunteer to defend the rest of us; lest we ever forget or grow insensitive to how grave a decision it is for our government to order Americans into combat. It is a solemn responsibility of elected officials to accept responsibility for our decision and its consequences, and, with those who disseminate the news, to ensure that Americans are fully informed of those consequences.

To read the rest of Sen. McCain's letter, see U.S. Senator John McCain

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004  
Inside the Decision to Feature "The Fallen"

By Al Tompkins
Poynter OnLine

Blog editor's note: In an unprecedented move for a commercial TV network, ABC's "Nightline" Friday night will air a special edition consisting only of pictures and names of military personnel killed in the Iraq war.

On Friday night, ABC News' "Nightline" will devote the entire half-hour broadcast to reading the names and showing the photographs of the 500 American servicemen and women who have died in the Iraq war.
Entitled "The Fallen," the special "Nightline" broadcast will feature Ted Koppel reading over the photographs supplied by the website 

ABC News said it will simulcast the program, which it calls a "tribute," live on its Jumbotron in New York City's Times Square. ABC News Radio will also air excerpts of the program.  

To read the rest of this story, see PoynterOnline

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