Wednesday, December 01, 2004

CBS rejects UCC ad as "too controversial"

Via Josh Marshall at TPM:

"The United Church of Christ (UCC) plansto run a major ad campaign in December to raise public awareness of the denomination. One of the ads is meant, in the words of a UCC press release, to convey the message "that -- like Jesus -- the United Church of Christ seeks to welcome all people, regardless of ability, age, race, economic circumstance or sexual orientation."


Yet, according to press release out this evening from the UCC, both CBS and NBC have refused to air the ad becausethe subject matter is "too controversial."


According to the UCC press release, CBS explained its decision, in part, as follows ...

'Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations,' reads an explanation from CBS, 'and the fact the Executive Branch has recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the [CBS and UPN] networks.'

If this is really the case, we seem now to be in a country where political campaigns can be waged with flurries of ads replete with demonstrable falsehoods. And yet clear and tame political speech aimed at a pressing national debate isn't acceptable."

In case you hadn't noticed, CBS's conversion to the Dark Side is pretty much complete at this point. Their abused-child-like behavior since Documentgate has only been a somewhat more amplified version of their longer-standing policy of avoiding anything that might anger the administration. In the New America, you see, airing anything that might be construed as critical of Our Leader is completely out of touch with Mainstream America, and probably undermines our troops, too.


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