Nightline plans to devote an entire show to broadcasting the names and pictures of soldiers killed in action. Many questions have arisen. Some regard it as honoring them, others regard it as a cheap ploy to exploit the dead for political purposes. One broadcasting company, Sinclair, which owns some ABC stations, has decided to preempt the Nightline broadcast. They argued that it appeared to be an attempt to influence the presidnetial race using those killed in action. Sen. McCain, who seems eager to defend any Democrat these days, sent a protest letter to Sinclair. I suppose he didn't appreciate the censorship implications of a powerful Senator who authored campaign finance laws that restrict what cna be broadcast before an election trying to bully a broadcaster over an editorial decision. I admit to being conflicted over this. I tend to believe that Sinclair has it right. If it is meant as a tribute, why do it now? The timing seems awfully convenient for those trying to bash Bush over Iraq, coming as it does on the heels of the renewed insurgency. And what about those who are killed later? Will they get their own program?