Koppel: Not a Ratings Stunt.
I’m sure one could come up with a few reasons to criticize the Nightline show that will feature the reading of the names of the American soldiers killed in Iraq. But a ratings stunt? How could anyone who has even the most remote understanding of the American public’s television viewing habits and the history of Nightline possibly come up with that analysis?
The answer is simple and is featured in the post below this one.
McCain blasts Sinclair’s decision to bar the show from its affiliates: “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.”