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DITDxCULT

"Bush in 30 seconds" ads WILL NOT be airing during the superbowl

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Dear friends,

 

During this year's Super Bowl, you'll see ads sponsored by beer companies, tobacco companies, and the Bush White House. But you won't see the winning ad in MoveOn.org Voter Fund's BUSH IN 30 SECONDS ad contest. CBS refuses to air it.

 

Meanwhile, the White House and Congressional Republicans are on the verge of signing into law a deal which Senator John McCain (R-AZ) says is custom-tailored for CBS and Fox, allowing the two networks to grow much bigger. CBS lobbied hard for this rule change; MoveOn.org members across the country lobbied against it; and now the MoveOn.org ad has been rejected while the White House ad will be played. It looks an awful lot like CBS is playing politics with the right to free speech.

 

Of course, this is bigger than just the MoveOn.org Voter Fund. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) submitted an ad that was also rejected. We need to let CBS know that this practice of arbitrarily turning down ads that may be "controversial" – especially if they're controversial simply because they take on the President – just isn't right.

 

To watch the ad that CBS won't air and sign the petition to CBS to run these ads, go to:

http://www.moveon.org/cbs/ad/

 

 

MoveOn.org will deliver the petition by email directly to CBS headquarters.

 

Thanks.

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the company I work for turns down ads they deem inappropriate on the regular.

 

of course...its a private company.

 

I'm still up for torching CBS though.

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Guest Dusty Lipschitz

Bush helps CBS, CBS helps Bush

01/22/2004 @ 5:28pm

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The annual Super Bowl game draws a huge audience of television viewers – 130 million Americans are expected to view the game February 1 -- and advertisers of all types want to reach that audience. So CBS, which will air the most-watched football game of the year, has jacked up ad rates accordingly and begun selling chunks of air time to peddlers of beer, soda pop, cars, trucks and political agendas.

 

But the network is not taking ads from all comers. Some political views have been judged unacceptable by CBS censors. While advertising industry sources say CBS will air a pair of advocacy commercials prepared to advance the agenda of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the network has refused to accept an advertisement prepared by critics of the man who currently occupies the White House.

 

The MoveOn.org Voter Fund recently conducted a "Bush in 30 Seconds" TV ad contest, in which it promised that the winning entry would be shown during the Super Bowl broadcast. MoveOn, the innovative internet-based activist community, was willing to pay the $2 million it would cost to air the ad. And no one suggests that the ad is inaccurate or inappropriate; indeed, Fox TV commentator Bill'Reilly, no fan of MoveOn, says: "It's not offensive, (it) makes a legitimate point politically."

 

Yet, CBS is refusing to run the MoveOn ad, claiming in the words of CBS spokesperson Dana McClintock, "We have a policy against accepting advocacy advertising." The reason? CBS told MoveOn that it does not want to trouble viewers with commercials that address "controversial issues of public importance."

 

The MoveOn commercial does indeed address an issue of public importance: the rapid growth of the federal deficit. But as advocacy ads go, this ad is not particularly controversial. The ad simply warns that the Bush Administration's reckless policy of cutting taxes for wealthy Americans while hiking spending is creating a huge federal budget deficit that will have to be paid off by future generations. That statement merely echoes concerns expressed by both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill. Just this week, more than three dozen Republican members of the House launched a campaign to get the White House to slow the rate of deficit spending.

 

In fairness to CBS, the MoveOn advertisement might be considered controversial by White House political czar Karl Rove and others who are offended by any criticism of the president or his policies. But if controversy is really a concern, then why would CBS consider airing advocacy commercials from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy?

 

At a time when millions of Americans, including federal judges, mayors, governors and members of Congress are questioning the wisdom of continuing the failed war on drugs, the Office of National Drug Control Policy advocacy ads frequently inspire controversy. Indeed, past Super Bowl commercials from the agency, which equated casual drug use with support for international terrorism, have stirred significant debate – and, yes, controversy.

 

So what's the real reason for the CBS decision to censor an advertisement – from MoveOn -- that raises legitimate questions about the president's approach to a pressing national concern?

 

"It seems to us that CBS simply defers to those it fears or from whom it wants favors – in this case, the Bush White House," argues Eli Pariser, campaign director for MoveOn.org. "This is the same CBS that recently backed down when the Republican National Committee made a stink about its mini-series on former President Reagan and his family."

 

Pariser notes, correctly, that Viacom -- the parent company of CBS that also owns the UPN network, MTV, Showtime, Nickelodeon, BET, Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Video, over 175 radio stations and more than 35 local television stations -- has been in the forefront of lobbying for the lifting of Federal Communications Commission limits on media consolidation and conglomeration.

 

On June 2 of last year, the FCC voted 3-2 to allow networks such as CBS to dramatically expand their control over local television markets.

 

Even when Congress roll back the FCC rule changes, the Bush White House took the side of CBS – pressuring Republican leaders in the House and Senate to prevent votes on initiatives to retain existing ownership limits. Now, in an election year, CBS is taking the side of the Bush White House and censoring an advertisement that seeks to open a debate about the president's fiscal policies – while at the same time preparing to air a commercial that advances other policies promoted by the same president.

 

When it comes to censoring Super Bowl commercials, CBS is way out of bounds.

 

 

 

DITD- i knew it would be you who beat me to this post.

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it's a dope ad.

i proudly sent off my rant to cbs yesterday about killing for first ammendment rights.

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I'm still thinking about the Daily Shows take on the SOTU adress.

 

"What the Fuck is that?"

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yo kilo..

 

i was in france, and i fucking saw the DAILY SHOW on the International CNN

 

they were playing the whole show like it was NEWS (which it is, but extra-dope funny news)

 

i don't have cable (i refuse to pay for television) so i rarely get the chance to see it..

i was thoroughly amused.

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the new haiku..

 

Originally posted by the_gooch

Capitalistic Bull Shit

 

Clinging on Bush's Sack

 

Congress Bought the Superbowl

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Originally posted by !@#$%

yo kilo..

 

i was in france, and i fucking saw the DAILY SHOW on the International CNN

 

they were playing the whole show like it was NEWS (which it is, but extra-dope funny news)

 

i don't have cable (i refuse to pay for television) so i rarely get the chance to see it..

i was thoroughly amused.

 

Jesus Chripes... I'd get cable for the Daily Show alone.

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Oh fuck this. Ever since someone sent me that Bush in 30 second's link, I was hyped to see one of those adds on the superbowl. In fact, for that add, and that add alone, I would probaly watch the superbowl, or at least the commercials. I really dig the "In my country add", I found it to be the most powerful of them all.

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Originally posted by Kilo7-

hey... if you have the internet and real player...

YOU TOO can watch some of the best daily show clips!

 

http://www.comedycentral.com/tv_shows/thed...withjonstewart/

 

^ his state of the union coverage is on there. check it out!

 

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/specialevents/honors/history/honoree/images/connery.jpg'>

 

"you the man now dogg"

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Originally posted by !@#$%

"you the man now dogg"

 

in so many different ways I cant even being to describe it.

 

:big head:

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Originally posted by E MARTYR

A REVOLUTION IS IN ORDER!!!

:mad:

 

and your the one whos going to spearhead it correct?

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