Re "War Dead Brought Home in Broadcast," May 2: I watched "Nightline" and listened carefully as Ted Koppel read the names of the dead. I looked at their faces, and I paid particular attention to their ages. I don't know which was more tragic: the 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds or the 35- and 40-year-olds. The lost children? Or the lost parents? Obviously, all are equal tragedies. President Bush and his cronies thoughtlessly wasted all these lives. And that's the main reason I paid attention to these names: because Bush & Co. never will.
Whether you believe that the making of the "Nightline" show was politically motivated or not, I hope we can agree that the censorship of it [by the Sinclair Broadcast Group] was a political act. Is there any line corporate owners of media could step over that would invalidate their Federal Communications Commission licenses? I trust the Ministry of Truth will sort that out. Since these media are corporate and not governmental, I feel much safer about trusting them to filter what I read, hear or say. It's so much easier not having to think for myself. All I really have to know: War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Welcome to Oceania!