Tuesday, January 27, 2004

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

Not that they're early on this, but Tapped has made the point on the whole MoveOn ad during the Super Bowl dust-up which was on my fingertips. Namely, CBS turned the ad down as "controversial" but will air Drug Awareness messages during the Super Bowl. In recent years, ONDCP has run Super Bowl ads equating the kid who buys pot on the street with an aid to and financier of terrorists and last year the pregnancy test ad. To be clear, I have no problem with CBS airing ONDCP ads during the Super Bowl. But let's not act like those ads are not controversial, political, or anything else that the MoveOn ad is. With the exception of one difference... critical of the administration. And that, in CBS' world is apparently beyond the pale- so beyond the pale that MoveOn's money isn't worth the paper it's printed on at CBS (which come to think of it, with the deficits and all...).

MoveOn is trying to be provocative (they wanted the first spot after the kick-off) as is their right. CBS, broadcasting on public airwaves, has chosen to deny the voice of an organization of citizens in favor of the voices of America's corporate and governmental voices. Tell me again how this is the land of the free and not some corporatist or fascist state? It is crap like this which makes the difference unclear.


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