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Doug R.,
The fact that PBS is partly supported by government funds* does not mean that the producers can't or shouldn't use judgment in deciding what to air.

First, a good deal of support comes from listener/viewer contributions, and a lot comes from corporate grants, too.  Both the corporations and the listeners/viewers have a 'vote' in the type of programming that gets on the air.  I doubt that the corporations tend to push the programming bias toward the political left.  [In fact, I know of a number of instances where the opposite has been true.]  And if individual contributors do, well,  maybe that's partly because right-wingers won't support PBS because it's "too liberal"--because right-wingers won't support it-- etc., etc.

Second, as has been explained above, rejecting Daniel's new song was not necessarily based on ideological grounds.   [If they invited Pat Boone and he wanted to do one of his "heavy metal" numbers, do you think they'd allow that?]

Here's a perspective no one's considered yet:

Maybe the best way to thumb our national nose at those who would like to see the US government and culture undone is not to let that happen.  Yeah, we've gotta have the increased security measures.  But do we have to modify our usual Independence Day celebrations to acknowledge the fact that the bastards have wounded us?

This is, after all, a celebration of Independence Day-- NOT Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is about remembering those who have fallen  serving their country.  THAT's the day when we read 
"In Flanders Field," "O Captain, My Captain," etc.  Independence Day is about freedom and about victory over oppression.   The patriotic songs for July 4th tend to be celebratory, not mournful.

So, nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah, Al Quaeda!  We're gonna have a party and we're not only not gonna invite you, we're not gonna sing about you, either!


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