'Chronicle' Staff Are Corporate Fascists

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 13, 2004

Dear Editor,
   In response to Mike Clark-Madison's article on the "Access of Evil" ["Austin@Large," News, Aug. 6], I would like to point out that there was no real open forum on the proposal to discuss the "new and exciting" changes occurring between AMN and ACTV, especially with the very people who are home to the network. In the past, this was not the case. Why the sudden change?
   No one disagrees with the fact that AMN is one big money pit that needs to just crash and burn. The real question is why must ACTV go down with it? For the past 30 years, ACTV has successfully run on its allotted money, and now its show of appreciation is to be doomed with AMN.
   The alarm over this issue may be well-founded in the fact that some producers have been told personally that their shows will be pulled, simply because they are not liked. This violates cable's agreement with cable access and poses a threat to free speech.
   Despite your comment that ACTV is just some "libertarian paradise," the network is home to all ranges of political beliefs: extreme on both ends. It literally welcomes anyone with anything to say. I'm sure if you're interested in setting up a network yourself, there are spots available for corporate fascists.
Mary Milton
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