Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate Censorship



Clear Channel: September 11 & Corporate Censorship
A collection of articles which examines the role of Clear Channel as market leader and, as some will say, the biggest corporate censor in U.S. history, with special focus on their role in the censorship debate following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The day after the September 2001 terrorist attacks, Clear Channel program directors issued a list of “potentially offensive songs” that it suggested stations not play. Many reports referred to the list as a “ban” on the songs, which included all Rage Against The Machine songs, the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” (which includes the line “Time to get paid, blow up like the World Trade”), John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy,” AC/DC’s “Safe in New York,” Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife,” Peter, Paul and Mary’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire,” and “The Drifters’ On Broadway.” Clear Channel spokesperson Pam Taylor objected to the list being called a “ban,” saying, “”This was an effort to help people be sensitive to the unthinkable environment. It’s been somehow turned into some sort of evil attempt to control pop music, and that’s absurd.”

Extensive coverage of the play-list debate and Bush connections from Disinfopedia/Center for Media and Democracy:

Clear Channel Worldwide (Disinfopedia)

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Clear Channel denied that they released a list of banned songs. Read more and see the ‘fake list’ in full:

Story from The Guardian (20 September 2001)

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