NBC Affiliate Preempts Network News Special Criticizing Drug War For Prohibitionist Propaganda Video

While NBC viewers nationwide tuned in last Sunday to see Geraldo Rivera’s special report: “Drug Bust: The Longest War,” those who watched network affiliate KTVB in Boise, Idaho, instead got a dose of pro-drug war propaganda. Rather than airing the Rivera special, which criticized several aspects of drug criminalization, the station substituted a pre-taped feature of U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue advocating in favor of stronger drug prohibition policies.

“It is hard not to imagine that KTVB’s decision not to air the Rivera special wasn’t influenced by the station’s sponsorship of local anti-drug campaigns,” NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said.

KTVB spokesman Doug Armstrong called the preemption a coincidence that was not based on the content of the Rivera special. Armstrong said that the station had received several complaints from viewers about the scheduling change.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751. KTVB may be contacted @ (208) 375-7770.