CBS Lets Dixie Chicks Rant about 2003 Threat

Apparently it's old news week at the broadcast networks. After hyping the year-old revelation
about the NSA's telephone record program, CBS has invited the Dixie
Chicks, the formerly popular country music group whose penchant for
spouting liberal platitudes alienated their fan base, to talk about
death threats they received in 2003.

Ostensibly, the purpose of the
Chicks' appearance
on "60 Minutes" this Sunday is to promote a new
album, but the lead of CBS's online promotional piece about the
interview focuses entirely on three-year-old threats.There's apparently
an effort to "make news" here most likely, but it's so feeble as to be
laughable.

Any person who cuts even a slightly bigger-than-average public profile has received death threats. Doing
a story on them is of questionable value; doing one on threats received
in 2003 can only be attributed to the fact that the Dixie Chicks are
liberal. Much-reviled conservative women like Linda Tripp or Katherine
Harris both received many death threats but were never granted
interviews with "60 Minutes" to talk about their experiences in a
sympathetic manner.

I found this section of the story amusing in its contradictory nature:

A recent single the band released, called "Not Ready to Make Nice,"
speaks to the band's state of mind three years after what they call the
"the London incident."

In the 60 Minutes segment, the band refuses to apologize to
country music fans who were angered by Maines' remarks or to "make
nice" to the radio stations that refused to play their music. When
asked by Kroft why the band just doesn't try to make country music fans
happy, Maines tells him that's not the way the Dixie Chicks work. "We
don't make decisions based on that. We don't go, 'OK, our fans are in
the red states, so I'm going play a red, white and blue guitar and put
on my I Love Bush T-shirt,'" she says. "We're not like that because
we're not politicians. We're musicians," Maines tells Kroft.

In other words, the Dixie Chicks aren't apologizing for making
political remarks because they're not political. Makes a lot of sense
to me.

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013