Values programing
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Do I wish that KSL-Ch. 5 had not yanked "Hannibal" from its TV schedule? Yes. I'm not offended by violence or sex; in fact, I enjoy watching it. But I don't get the outrage about censorship by "religious fanatics" at the station, which is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ("LDS and 'Hannibal,'" Forum, May 1).

I see the station as making informed choices based on its values, which differ a little from mine. It's no different than our local NPR and PBS and radio and TV stations choosing which programs to air, from among the many public programs available.

With cable, Netflix and streaming TV, it's not like there are too few choices. There is much more quality than I have time to watch.

I suspect that many now criticizing KSL for dumping the violent "Hannibal" praised KSL radio when it dumped the obnoxious Rush Limbaugh. You can't have it both ways. You can't expect others to exactly mirror your choices.

KSL is exercising judgment, according to its stated values. In this world of abundant media choices, let a thousand flowers bloom.

Rex Chandler

Salt Lake City