PETULANT: Obama’s ordered shutdown cancels televising ball games for troops overseas

Published on October 6, 2013

“Make life as difficult for people as we can…”

The Major League Baseball playoffs are underway, as well as the professional and college football seasons recently kicking off, but America’s troops serving overseas won’t be viewing any of it due to the Obama ordered furloughing of “non-essential” personnel, and as we now discover a new twist, “not deemed critical” broadcasts have also been scratched, as reported by the military news service Stars and Stripes on Oct. 4, 2013.

The only American television available for troops from Afghanistan to Okinawa to Honduras as well as to all the ships at sea is in the form of the government-ran Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), which broadcasts fan favorites such as “Pentagon News” and “All Things Considered” via the also government-ran left-leaning National Public Radio (NPR).

According to AFRTS spokesman Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer John Harrington, the broadcaster’s lawyers have determined there is “no sound policy or legal basis to air sports.”

Furthermore, the legal opinion sent to the military network further advised that televised sporting events are “not deemed critical to accomplish essential aspects of the DMA (Defense Media Activity) mission in direct support of excepted military operations and activities.”

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