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Obama Administration Asks YouTube to Remove Mohammed Film

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 14, 2012 @ 9:14 am In The Point | 25 Comments


The current source for this is Deadline Hollywood, which is considered a serious industry blog, if true it would mean that the Obama Administration is stepping over the censorship line [2].

The Obama administration, meanwhile, has also asked YouTube to take another look at the video to determine whether it violates site content guidelines, although YouTube earlier this week reported that the video was within those guidelines.

The reason why this is plausible is that this kind of niggling legalism is all too typical of the Obamanoids. Rather than asking YouTube to take it down, they suggested that YouTube find a reason within the site guidelines to take it down.

If this actually happened, then the precedent is troubling. This isn’t quite an order by the government to remove the trailer, but it’s a strong hint that it should be removed. And it is not the business of the government to tell private companies what content they should be displaying.

Had the Bush Administration asked YouTube to remove clips from a movie depicting Bush’s assassination, the outrage would have been tremendous. When Ari Fleischer merely suggested that entertainers should watch watch what they say, the media reacted as if there had been a proposal made to lock them all up.

But how much outrage will there be over the government pressing a company to censor private material, not to mention law enforcement investigating the production of that material as a crime.

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[2] the censorship line: http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/latest-on-the-anti-muslim-filmmakers-that-sparked-mid-east-violence/#more-335162

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