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Who Framed Buster Rabbit? The Fallout Continues

To hate all the people your relatives hate,

You've got to be carefully taught!

Buster "poses" with the two Vermont families, both headed by lesbian couples, that are featured in the "Postcards" episode causing all the fuss. (Karen Pike -- Wgbs Via AP)

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In most cases, Frank wrote, sharing his life with another man has not required much explaining to his younger relatives, "because young people, not exposed to the kind of distaste for us that you embody, did not demand explanations."

Frank noted that no one, not even Spellings, has suggested that anything particularly intimate was shown in the episode, "so it is apparently simply the fact that two women love each other and live together that you find so shocking that it is not fit to be broadcast."

In conclusion, Frank said he was "sorry that young people all over this country who happen to be gay or lesbian have now learned that the person who has been picked by the President of the United States to help with their education has such a fundamentally negative view of their very existence."

And speaking of PBS and its amazing ability to function without a spine, the Public Broadcasting Service has decided to censor next Tuesday's "Frontline" documentary about the war in Iraq, removing 13 expletives uttered by soldiers over there risking their lives because it's afraid of the Federal Communications Commission.

A "raw" version will be made available to stations, though station managers will have to make a special effort to tape it in advance, the Associated Press was told.

PBS is telling stations that it can't guarantee the FCC won't fine them if they air the unexpurgated version of "A Company of Soldiers" and is making stations that want the uncensored version sign a statement acknowledging that the financial risk is theirs entirely, PBS senior programming suit Jacoba Atlas told the AP.

"It's a financial decision," Atlas said. "It's not a decision that reflects on the merit that we think the film has."

ABC stations found themselves in a similar situation not so long ago when the network reran the war flick "Saving Private Ryan," which also includes swearing by soldiers. At least one station group tried to get the FCC to say upfront it would not slap it with indecency fines for airing the critically heralded film. But the FCC declined, explaining that it did not make rulings in advance of a broadcast.

Sixty-six ABC stations decided not to air the movie.

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