Cropping 4:3 to 14:9 is a lesser crime to pushing all 16:9 content out in 14:9 within a 4:3 frame.
I think we can all agree the ideal solution is to play out all content in its native format.
I disagree because although previously all content was broadcast in it's original aspect ratio, now 4:3 programmes are broadcast in 14:9. This affects earlier seasons of Everybody Loves Raymond and all seasons except the last of Scrubs, both of which I enjoy watching.
Of course it is, but Comedy Central can't seem to do that. They can't even seem to send out a widescreen signal. Thank goodness for HD.