Webcaster Mutes Band's Anti-Bush Lyrics

Censor intercepts Pearl Jam's jab; AT&T blames 'mistake'
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 9, 2007 2:26 PM CDT
Crowds cheer Pearl Jam in Grant Park during Lollapalooza, 2007.   ((c) mrch0mp3rs)
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(Newser) – Pearl Jam is slamming AT&T after the telecom company censored its Webcast of the band's performance at Lollapalooza Sunday. Lyrics telling George Bush to "leave this world alone" and "find another home" during the Chicago show vanished from the streaming version of the gig; AT&T blames an "overzealous" editor for excising the lines, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"We don't have a policy in place to censor," an AT&T spokeswoman said. "This was an honest mistake. There was no censorship intended." On its website, Pearl Jam raises the issues of media consolidation and net neutrality, adding, "it's about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band."