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Damn liberal media strikes again… Or does it?

The Dixie Chicks, pariahs in many circles for an off-hand comment about US president Bush, are in the middle of yet another controversy. Ads for Shut Up & Sing, a doc about the Chicks being distributed by The Weinstein Company, are reportedly being refused by several American networks because of their political content. USA Today explains that while CBS has agreed to air the ad, ABC and Fox have yet to decide, while the CE and NBC have rejected it. Whether or not the whole controversy is an intentional move by the Weinsteins to fan media flames in an effort to hype the release is impossible to know, but the flap has bought the film enormous amounts of free mainstream press. (For more on the film and codirector Barbara Kopple, see Shut Up and Film on page 45.)
November 1, 2006

The Dixie Chicks, pariahs in many circles for an off-hand comment about US president Bush, are in the middle of yet another controversy. Ads for Shut Up & Sing, a doc about the Chicks being distributed by The Weinstein Company, are reportedly being refused by several American networks because of their political content. USA Today explains that while CBS has agreed to air the ad, ABC and Fox have yet to decide, while the CE and NBC have rejected it. Whether or not the whole controversy is an intentional move by the Weinsteins to fan media flames in an effort to hype the release is impossible to know, but the flap has bought the film enormous amounts of free mainstream press. (For more on the film and codirector Barbara Kopple, see Shut Up and Film on page 45.)

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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