Well, considering the advertisers that jumped ship when Bill Mahr insinuated (and that’s about all he did) the military were cowards and the terrorists were ‘courageous’ (freely admit it got blown out of proportion like the whole Al Gore/Internet thing) and the subsequent cancellation/rehosting of the show, I’d say CBS has a legit worry.
Next, CBS pays the bills and provides the broadcast for the show. They can, if they want, tell those that attend that there will be certain restrictions. This isn’t censorship- not in the Constitutional way anyway- it’s business. Those attending are free not to attend- just as those concerned about being searched at a concert or when parking near a Post Office (both detailed on these pages recently) are free to not attend the concert or take their business elsewhere.
And last, considering that most of these so-called celebrities know just as much about this potential war as I do (meaning very little past what’s publicly published and broadcast) and considering that surprisingly few celebs have whole divisions of intelligence-gathering operatives, don’t see the U2 mission photographs and don’t have their own constellations of KH-11 surveillance satellites, why is their opinion any more important than anyone elses’?
Eminem’s gonna be at the Grammys? That must mean his opinion on the potential Iraq War is more important than, say, 50 Cent’s. I assume that also means Springsteens’ opinion is more important than Pete Townsends, or David Gilmores’.