Republican Attorney General Censors Alabama Public Television?
October 21st, 2012
by Glynn Wilson
Alabama’s Republican Attorney General Luther Strange must be strange as well as anti-American and an enemy of the Earth.
When voters go to the polls on Nov. 6 to vote for the next president of the United States, in Alabama they will also have an opportunity to vote to extend a Constitutional Amendment to renew the popular Forever Wild program. It sets aside about 6 percent of the royalties collected by the state on oil and gas leases — mostly in state waters in the Gulf of Mexico — to purchase wild lands and keep them wild for future generations.
The popular show Discovering Alabama was set to air a new documentary on Forever Wild on Alabama Public Television last week, but the show was pulled because of a memo from the state attorney general’s office warning public TV not to air any show that might influence the vote. This appears to be in violation of the First Amendment’s free speech and press clauses, and certainly violates the spirit of debate on public affairs embodied in all our founding documents.