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An End To Law & Order Reruns ?

by @ 7:55 am on March 29, 2007. Filed under 2008 Election, Fred Thompson, Politics

It sounds like Law & Order fans could be in for a blackout if Fred Thompson does end up running for President:

If Fred Thompson, the one-time Tennessee senator better known to most Americans as district attorney Arthur Branch on “Law & Order,” runs for president, some of his fans may be in for a letdown. Television stations are expected to drop reruns of the show temporarily if he makes a real-life bid for the White House.

Federal campaign law requires broadcasters to give all candidates equal time on the airwaves. That rule applies to entertainment programs like “Law & Order,” meaning stations which run the show would be required to give other GOP candidates a like amount of prime time television exposure.


“As a practical matter, [the television stations] would in all likelihood have to pull all of the Fred Thompson shows for the duration of his candidacy,” said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, president of the Media Access Project.

When you think about it, it’s a pretty stupid rule. Thompson’s appearances as Arthur Branch, or in any of the numerous movies that he’s been in over the years, aren’t related in any way to a theoretical run for the White House and can’t seriously be considered political in any respect. Under a sane legal regime, TNT would be free to run all the Law & Order reruns it wanted to without fear of a lawsuit.

Then again, as Law & Order itself often shows us, we don’t live in a sane legal regime.

2 Responses to “An End To Law & Order Reruns ?”

  1. James Young says:

    And let us not forget those manly classics, “Die Hard 2,” and “The Hunt for Red October.” Thankfully, I have both on DVD.

  2. W Howard Baker says:

    I cannot believe that people care as much about some TV show as the future of their country. If you are that hooked to the tube then please DON’T VOTE. You obviously live in a never-never land of unreality. You’ll get over it and in eight years he can come back and you can get your reruns.
    I just can’t believe that this even came up!
    May G-D be with us,
    W Howard Baker
    Bardstown, KY

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