The spontaneous patriotic response to a recent anti-war remark
by Dixie Chicks? singer Natalie Maines appears to have been
engineered by National Republican Party, not freedom-loving country
The Texas-born Maines reportedly angered country music fans
across the country by telling a London audience that she was
?ashamed? to call President Bush a Texan. Indignant country music
listeners subsequently flooded radio stations demanding they stop
playing Dixie Chicks songs, and a South Carolina promoter scheduled
an alternative concert to compete with the group?s May 1 gig in
Greenville, South Carolina.
But as Doug Thompson reports for Capitol Hill Blue, the whole
?spontaneous? uproar was apparently generated by the Republican
Party, which sent out thousands of e-mails instructing the party
faithful to complain to their local country radio stations.
National GOP staffers themselves hit the phone lines, demanding
stations remove the group?s music from playlists.
The altenative concert, reportedly promoted by conservative
radio talk show host Mike Gallagher, is actually the work of the
South Carolina Republican Party, writes Thompson.