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Bush Cuts Off Closed Captioning

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:16 pm
by zozon3
Advocates for deaf charge censorship in closed captioning
February 20, 2004
BY ZAY N. SMITH Sun-Times Columnist Advertisement

The Bush administration has cut off its closed captioning for nearly 200 TV shows, prompting charges of secret censorship to promote an ideological agenda.

"Bewitched" and "Scooby-Doo" are out.

So are "The Simpsons," "Law and Order," some American Movie Channel documentaries, "A&E Investigative Reports" and "X-Men Evolution."

National Association of the Deaf offers a list of the disapproved television programming. View the list online »


this is jsut gettin more and more f***ed up

Censoring deaf people?

uch this guy needs to get out of the white house

Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:47 pm
by BabyBlue2578
<span style='color:gray'>:blink: WHAT?!

I just don't even know what to say about that. :huh:

Is he out of his mind? Well... ok obviously he is, but WHAT.

I'm SO ready for a new President. <_<

He's just doin all the damage he can before he gets his ass kicked out. :no:</span>

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 6:29 pm
by lancesgrl
what? :huh: uh.... why would bush just wake up one day and randomly decide "hey. i think i'll censor what deaf people watch on tv today." i think he's got bigger fish to fry than that, kiddos. plus, call me crazy, but the sun times isn't always the most reliable source for reporting. :rolleyes:

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2004 6:35 pm
by lancesgrl
okay... here's another article.... bush was asked by the National Assoc. of the Deaf to overturn a recent decision by the US Dept of Education about sensoring closed captioning on some tv programs.... he didn't just decide to cut off closed captioning himself.

found this at:

Much has happened since last October when the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) urged President Bush to overturn a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Education to declare almost 200 television shows inappropriate for captioning by the Department’s Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program. According to NAD President Andrew J. Lange, the Department's action is government censorship and contradicts President Bush’s promotion of family values and parental accountability. The NAD letter to President Bush is located at:

Since then, the NAD has been working with the National Council on Disability (NCD: to have the Department reverse its decision. NCD member Dr. Robert Davila and NCD General Counsel/Director of Policy Jeffrey T. Rosen have worked hard to address this issue. In December, the NCD sent a letter to Secretary of Education Roderick Paige urging him to take action to reverse the Department’s decision. A copy of this letter can be found at:

A summary of the NAD and NCD efforts can be found at:

The NAD continues to communicate with Congressional members and staff urging them to take action on this issue. We have been told that that they need to hear from individuals. Accordingly, you are urged to write a letter to your local and state Congressional representatives and express your opinion in regards to the U.S. Department of Education’s decision.

Things are now heating up and attracting a lot of media coverage. You can get an updated list of stories in the media about this issue at: