Turner Broadcasting:"Stunt Gone Wrong"

John Francini francini@mac.com
Wed Jan 31 18:01:11 EST 2007

Or, the better question: WHEN THE H*LL will we as a people stop  
thinking that ANYTHING out of the ordinary is automagically a  
potential terrorist act????

We have to stop being this way -- else the "terrorists" (more  
precisely, those in our own government who would take away freedoms  
for a fig-leaf pretext of protection) will have won.


On 31 Jan 2007, at 17:18, Mark Watson wrote:

>   At least 10 suspicious "devices" found throughout the day in  
> Boston, Cambridge & Somerville, leading to closings of parts of  
> I-93, subway lines, roads & bridges, part of the Charles River and  
> a massive response by local, state and federal law enforcement  
> agencies. Not a terrorist act, but a marketing stunt for Turner  
> Broadcasting's Cartoon Network to promote a new program. Turner  
> Broadcasting has issued an apology for the stunt gone wrong.
>> From a broadcasting standpoint: Channel 5 pre-empted network &  
>> Oprah and
> Channel 7 blew off Family Feud (and all spots) since around 3,  
> Channel 4 jumped in just before Mayor Menino's press conference at  
> 4:15. WBZ radio had extensive coverage in between the rest of their  
> news clock elements.
>    Is this a bad judgement call on the part of someone in the  
> marketing department at Turner/Cartoon Network? Can the FCC issue  
> any penalties to Turner in the wake of a broadcast organization  
> (albeit one received via cable or dish, not an over the air net)  
> causing such a commotion? Will heads be rolling at Turner's world  
> headquarters? Definitely not a good day in Atlanta (if that's where  
> they're still based).
>   Does Ted Turner still own any part of Turner Broadcasting? I  
> thought he sold part, if not all to Time Warner.
> Mark Watson

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