On TV, 'Extreme Caution' vs. Free Speech

"The thing about the Emmys is that they're so comedy-oriented, and if you're going to do comedy in 2007, it's going to have to include making fun of the administration," he said. "The fact that in 2007 we are still pushing bleep buttons for something like that underscores for me the incredibly sophomoric nature of the culture war. That is just absurd."

Whether or not Fox's decision to cut Field's speech had something to do with her implied protest of the Iraq War, anti-war advocates eventually got the last laugh. David Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos," offered a sharp, expletive-free critique while accepting the Emmy for best drama series, the final award of the night.

"In essence, this is a story about a gangster," Chase said of "The Sopranos." "And gangsters are out there taking their kids to college, and taking their kids to school, and putting food on their table."

"And, hell, let's face it," he mused, "if the world and this nation was run by gangsters … maybe it is."

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