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ABC executives have apparently made some serious edits to this Sunday’s episode of its comedic drama “Boston Legal.” The original plot was a case involving a high school principal who had chosen to put a channel blocker on school televisions. What was the channel being blocked? Fox News. So what have ABC executives now censored out of the episode? Any reference to the biased media coverage perpetuated daily by the Fox News Channel, a relation of the same Twentieth Century Fox Television that helped television producer David Kelley develop the series. Here is just one example of the before and after version of the script:

What they originally wrote:

Chelina: If you had to watch the news, Mrs. Piper, which network would you go to?
Catherine (simply): Fox, of course.
Chelina: Can you tell us why?
Catherine: Well. For starters, we’re winning the war on Fox. The economy’s better there. And Brit Hume. Sometimes I close my eyes and…go to him.

What you’ll see:

Chelina: If you had to watch the news, Mrs. Piper, which network would you go to?
Catherine (simply): I don’t know. I’d probably seek out the station where we’re most likely to be winning the war. Where I can find a better economy. Maybe some weapons of mass destruction.

And though the episode still “retains a reference to ‘Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism,’” ABC would not allow the documentary’s creator to purchase any advertisement time to run during the episode, providing no comment or suggestion as to what would make the ad “appropriate” for their tastes. Apparently even in the fictional world Fox News still can’t be held responsible for manipulating reality.

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