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Pro-troop ads refused

Posted by Richard on December 7, 2007

Unbe-frickin-lievable. The NBC networks (NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC) have refused to air ads thanking U.S. troops for their service during the holiday season:

A conservative organization known as Freedom's Watch has had its advertisements rejected by NBC.

What was the heinous content of these ads?

A show of support and thanks to America's troops serving around the world during the holidays.

I kid you not.

The "problem," according to NBC, is that the ads mention the Freedom's Watch web site, which they consider "too political." The ads invite viewers to visit the site to learn how they can support the troops, and the link to that information is the most prominent thing on the main page. 

NBC's Alan Wurtzel offered Fox News another odd-sounding explanation for their position:

Wurtzel also expressed general concerns that NBC has about people with "deep pockets" being able to buy up a great deal of advertising and affect public perception on any issue, solely because they have the money to do it.

<snark>So I guess we'll never see any more ads from Soros-funded "non-partisan" non-profits on NBC.</snark>

Here's one of the ads so you can see for yourself (the other one's here). Then check out the web site and the info on supporting the troops. If you don't approve of NBC's position, let them know.

 

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2 Responses to “Pro-troop ads refused”

  1. T F Stern said

    I posted on this last week also. I read on Hillbilly White Trash where NBC has since done a 180 and will air Freedom Watch’s ads after a slew of blogs turned up the heat. Well done.

  2. rgcombs said

    You’re right, TF. NBC not only agreed to air the ads, they announced that they’d changed their standards guidelines so this wouldn’t happen again.

    Freedom’s Watch CEO Bradley Blakeman credited “a great public outcry.” I suspect that YouTube had more to do with that than you or I. 😉

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