The Bush bashing Dixie Chicks have had to cancel conserts due to lack of ticket sales, their music is not being played on country radio stations, the Chicks have lashed out and bashed their fans for supproting Pres Bush. Of course, the Chicks do not blame thier antics for their trouble, no the Chocks and NY Times blames conservatives and others are afraid of being "Dixies Chicked" What a laugh! Don't blame the Chicks for bashing their country, their Presindent, and their fans - blame the "evil" conservatives. http://newsbusters.org/node/7094 NY Times Claims 'Fury' Against Dixie Chicks Causing Country Music Liberals to Clam Up Posted by Clay Waters on August 21, 2006 - 12:06. NY Times Nashville-based reporter Theo Emery has a story on those poor, persecuted Democratic country-music songwriters in Saturday's "In Nashville, Sounds of Political Uprising From the Left." "Country music videos flashed on a television set at the Idle Hour, a Music Row bar where a Crock-Pot of beef stew simmered for hungry musicians. "Sitting at a table in early August, Bobby Braddock, the longtime songwriter, lamented the conservatism of the country music industry that was demonstrated when the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks became a target of fury three years ago after saying she was ashamed that her band and President Bush shared the same home state. "Asked whether his recent song 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' would have airplay, Mr. Braddock said, 'Oh, never.' "'Something political will not get played on country radio unless its on the conservative side,' he added. 'If you show both sides, its not good enough. Its got to be just on the right.'" (You can hear a clip of "Thou Shalt Not Kill" at the Music Row Democrats website and judge for yourself if Braddock's song is being kept from the airwaves purely for political reasons, or because the dopey lyrics would get it laughed off the air.) "Country music, the genre of lonely hearts and highways, lost jobs and blue-collar woes, has become a cultural battleground. Conservatism is widely seen as having the upper hand, a red-state answer to left-leaning Hollywood." Emery can't seem to find much actual prosecution, so he circles back to the pogrom against the Dixie Chicks. "Though Music Row occupies a small patch of Nashville, it looms large over the citys culture. When the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, said at a concert in London in March 2003, 'Were ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas,' the reaction was fierce and swift. "Country stations stopped playing the groups songs. Talk-radio hosts urged listeners to complain about Ms. Mainess remarks. And a Nashville audience of 18,000 booed the host of a music awards show who urged forgiveness. "None of that was lost on Music Row. Democratic songwriters say that they have since hesitated to express political views, for fear of being 'Dixie Chicked.'" If by being "Dixie Chicked," they mean fawning cover stories in Entertainment Weekly and Time Magazine, as well as having a #1 album on the Billboard charts this summer, Times Watch imagines plenty of songwriters would submit to the procedure.