AT&T Edits Pearl Jam's Bush-Bashing Lyrics From Webcast

A Pearl Jam concert resulted in a censorship scuffle last weekend when AT&T Inc. edited President Bush-bashing lyrics from its live webcast, The Wall Street Journal reported.

AT&T, which broadcast the performance on its Blue Room Web site, blamed the censorship of the Sunday concert on a contract agency that it hires to use a two-minute delay to edit out profanity between songs and "questionable actions" such as on-stage nudity for its all-ages Web site.

The company further claimed an employee of the agency mistakenly removed the lyrics that included, "George Bush find yourself another home."

"It was a mistake," said AT&T spokesman Michael Coe. "It should not have been edited out."

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According to the Journal, Pearl Jam fired back with a lengthy post on their Web site rallying for so-called 'Net neutrality rules that would bar telecom companies from providing faster service for some Web services than others.

"AT&T's actions strike at the heart of the public's concerns over the power that corporations have when it comes to determining what the public sees and hears through communications media," the post said.

The Wall Street Journal reported that AT&T is now trying to secure rights from Pearl Jam to post the song in its entirety on its Blue Room Web site.