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Sweden TV Watchdog Censures Oprah for Pro-War Bias
    #1929346 - 09/18/03 04:27 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Wed September 17, 2003 09:24 AM ET

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's broadcasting watchdog said Wednesday it was censuring an Oprah Winfrey talk show for showing bias toward a U.S. military attack on Iraq.

The censure means Swedish television network TV4, which broadcast the show in February, must publish the decision but there are no legal or financial penalties, Annelie Ulfhielm, an official of Sweden's Broadcasting Commission, told Reuters.

"Different views were expressed, but all longer remarks gave voice to the opinion that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the United States and should be the target of attack," Sweden's Broadcasting Commission said.

U.S. forces attacked Iraq in March and toppled Saddam's government after a three-week war. Before the war, Washington said Iraq's arsenal of weapons of mass destruction posed a threat but no such arms have yet been found.

The Swedish government strongly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, saying it lacked a U.N. Security Council mandate.

A TV4 spokesman said the Oprah Winfrey show usually drew an audience of about 100,000-140,000 Swedes, making it one of Sweden's more popular day-time television programs.


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Re: Sweden TV Watchdog Censures Oprah for Pro-War Bias [Re: wingnutx]
    #1929686 - 09/18/03 05:59 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I don't get it. What does this mean? So they disapprove of Oprah? Are they taking any sort of action against her?


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Re: Sweden TV Watchdog Censures Oprah for Pro-War Bias [Re: silversoul7]
    #1929953 - 09/18/03 07:17 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

it's just a statement, for the record.

christ, I can't believe we export oprah.

what's next....all of poland watching dr. phil?


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Re: Sweden TV Watchdog Censures Oprah for Pro-War Bias [Re: wingnutx]
    #1930130 - 09/18/03 08:16 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

That's pretty gay.There is no such thing as good censorship,even though I would like nothing better than to tape her damn mouth shut.



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Re: Sweden TV Watchdog Censures Oprah for Pro-War Bias [Re: monoamine]
    #1930183 - 09/18/03 08:40 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

It said "Censure," not "Censor." Two different words.

censure:
noun: harsh criticism or disapproval
noun: the state of being excommunicated
verb: rebuke formally


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Re: Sweden TV Watchdog Censures Oprah for Pro-War Bias [Re: silversoul7]
    #1930352 - 09/18/03 09:55 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

So basially they are just saying the don't like her show because more of it was pro war, then anti war? That is just dumb to me. It isn't a news program, it is a TV talk show. Sounds like the thought police to me. I am sure Oprah is losing sleep over it. I still can't believe how successful she has become, she makes the rest of her colleagues look like broke ass dirt farmers.


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Re: Sweden TV Watchdog Censures Oprah for Pro-War Bias [Re: shakta]
    #1930355 - 09/18/03 09:57 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

I agree it's pretty dumb, but it's not like they're censoring her or anything. I guess it's kinda like when politicians in this country complain about too much sex and violence on TV, or about "pro-drug propaganda," which seems to be anything that depicts drugs in a non-negative light. Basically, this group seems to be saying "Fuck Oprah!" which I agree with, but for different reasons.


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Re: Sweden TV Watchdog Censures Oprah for Pro-War Bias [Re: silversoul7]
    #1930365 - 09/18/03 10:00 PM (13 years, 2 months ago)

Hehe. I don't think they are playing the show anymore. Hell, I can't really tell from the article. It does say the show 'usually drew 100,000 to 140,000', so it kind of sounds like it isn't being run anymore.


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