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A shot across the bow

Monday, May 07, 2007
Time: 10:19 PM

People from around the world (yes, this site is read by former residents of Danbury worldwide) have been emailing and asking me about the walrus man with the strike going through his head. For those who don't have the honor of living in the great city of Danbury, the person I'm launching a crusade against is no other than one Tom Bennett. Known to his rabid fan base as Big T (or as I like to call him the BigT(urd), he has a show on public access which has turned into the most indecent television show in the history of public access.

This individual and his cohorts have had a long history of spreading profane, vulgar, and indecent language to the public for a number of years and the so-called immigrant situation has taken his venom to a new and alarming level, which the citizens in Danbury should not have to tolerate (seeing that were paying such alarming prices for our cable service.

Now here's what I'm going to do.

Although HatCityBLOG has been in existence for almost two years, by reporting and collecting of material on everything related to Danbury has been going on for three and a half years...this includes ALL of Tom Bennett's shows dating back as far as 2003 (gotta love Tivo huh?). You see, as a student of Western Connecticut State University, I learned real early (like the late 1980s) that you should never rely on the News-Times as your source of information (thank you Lionel Bascom and Dr. Briggs for that advise) therefore, I always made sure that when I did any type of reporting, that I actually go out and get the facts for myself (call it the journalist in me...but that's another story).

The BigT(urd) has been getting away with just about anything he wants on local access for years BUT that's going to change, and CHANGE drastically very, very soon.

BigT(urd) has already received a taste of this on Youtube as he had the nerve to go up against a colleague of dare him to provide evidence that to back up the claim that he's a 1.) racist; 2.) homophobic; 3.) hate-monger; and/or 4.)a xenophobe. Since making the challenge, my colleague (who I will introduce you to later this week) unleashed on of the most damaging videos in the history of YouTube which basically scared the hell out of BigT (I'll get into that later also).

Now, my mission will be simple and it will be to the point. I haven't the time to get into name calling or slinging mud as it is a waste of time and will only hurt my case. The only goal of my presentation will be the following:

1. Place pressure on the management of public access at Comcast cable to terminate Tom Bennett's contact,

2. Immediately cancel the show, BigTs Talk & Variety show; and,

3. Expel everyone associated with his show from the Comcast studios.

How will I do this you ask...well, you'll just have to wait a little but longer to find out but the process is so simple that anyone can do it...it's a simple case of a person (in this case, BigT) not following the law (in this case, it's the rules and regulations of the station and of the F.C.C). I've checked, double-checked, consulted with attorneys, and contacted various other cable outlets so I'm very serious in what I'm doing here so trust me, I'm deadly serious and I'm not the typical blogger that you want to mess around with (just ask Joe Lieberman).

As a sneak preview of the type of person I'm talking about, take a look at this video clip and ask yourself, should this type of language be tolerated on a 9 P.M. show on Friday night on television?

Background: On last Friday's show, Bennett, the Vice President of the anti-immigration group known as the United States Citizens for Immigration and law Enforcement, John "Uncle Sam" McGowan, and a regular to the show who goes by the name "Bones," were babbling on and on about the so-called parade ordinance and the impromptu celebrations among the immigrant community during the World Cup games which fueled the anger among the illogical anti-immigrant extremists. Take a look at this clip you'll know EXACTLY why Bennett's show and his contract should be terminated.

Lets just call this videoclip a minor shot across the bow...

Are you getting the picture?

Now...DO YOU THINK LANGUAGE LIKE THAT IS PROHIBITED ON TELEVISION?

DON'T YOU THINK THAT TYPE OF LANGUAGE IS NOT PROTECTED UNDER FREE SPEECH (A.K.A. screaming fire in a movie theater)?

DON'T YOU THINK THAT VIDEOCLIP VIOLATED SOME TYPE OF RULE AND/OR REGULATION OF LOCAL ACCESS PROGRAMMING ON COMCAST?

DOESN'T IT MAKE YOU WONDER WHY COMCAST WOULD ALLOW THAT TYPE OF SPEECH TO GO ON AND ON (AND ON AND ON AND ON), WEEK AFTER PAINFUL WEEK ON TELEVISION (AT 9 P.M. ON A FRIDAY NIGHT).

Whoa, let me hold back, I almost forgot, this is only suppose to be a small shot across the bow...you'll have to wait for the full-course meal.

If you think that was outrageous, wait until I'm at full force, present my case in full, and show you the true power of People-Powered Media.

this is not a drill...this is not a joke.

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