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It looks like AT&T — yes, former Cingular, and the carrier for all your iPhones — has admitted to actively censoring media containing anti-Bush remarks. First, it was at last week’s Lollapalooza, where AT&T edited out anti-Bush remarks (and lyrics) form Pearl Jam’s performance — but they apologized, claiming it was an ‘isolated incident’. That happened over and over. But it looks as though this political editing is SoP with the telecom’s handling of artistic material. The Chicago Sun Times has more, snip:
AT&T’s controversial edit of comments about President Bush from a Webcast of Pearl Jam’s performance at Lollapalooza last week was not the first time the telecommunications giant has silenced political statements by musicians.
An AT&T spokeswoman initially characterized the sudden audio edit that silenced Eddie Vedder’s lyrics “George Bush, leave this world alone” and “George Bush, find yourself another home” during Pearl Jam’s performance in Grant Park last Sunday as “an unfortunate mistake” and “an isolated incident.”
But yesterday, a reader e-mailed the Sun-Times saying AT&T’s Blue Room Webcast also had silenced comments during two performances at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee last June, cutting remarks by the John Butler Trio bemoaning the lack of federal response to Hurricane Katrina and comments about Bush and the war in Iraq by singer Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.
“The sound did not cut out at any other time – only when someone was talking about George Bush or the government in a negative way,” the reader, who identified herself as Andrea K., wrote. Flaming Lips management said the band was unaware of the edit but was investigating, and the John Butler Trio could not be reached.
But AT&T did confirm that other, unspecified political comments have been cut from its Webcasts.