This just in: TVLand has banned Dukes of Hazard reruns!
Ok, technically, that’s just not right. A TV channel doesn’t “ban” shows. A TV channel chooses which shows to air and which not to air.
So, to say that TVLand has decided to pull Dukes of Hazard episodes from its arsenal would be correct. But to say TVLand has banned Dukes of Hazard would ONLY be correct if one went on to characterize EVERY OTHER show that TVLAND doesn’t air as similarly banned.
Of course, if one is trying to rally the troops against the rising tide of removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the American Public, then throwing the word “ban” in may be very helpful.
We Americans don’t like being told what to do or what not to do.
TVLand refuses to allow Americans the freedom to watch Dukes of Hazard!
Well, no, not really; TVLand has merely decided that if Americans want to watch the Dukes of Hazard, they will do it somewhere besides TVLand.
TVLand, along with a growing number of other commercial enterprises (Walmart, Sear, Ebay, Etsy, Amazon, and others), is no longer participating in selling products that feature that flag. I believe it is within their rights to so choose.
And we all knew, didn’t we, that businesses deciding to stop selling such products would lead to a run on these same products?
Yeah, that’s kind of how we are as Americans: we don’t like being told what we can and what we cannot buy.
Just don’t confuse the freedom to buy something with the ability to find someone willing to sell it.