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ABC, NBC Won't Air Ad Critical of Obama's Health Care Plan

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posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 03:59 PM
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ABC, NBC Won't Air Ad Critical of Obama's Health Care Plan


www.foxnews.com

The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama's health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot -- particularly in light of ABC's health care special aired in prime time last June and hosted at the White House.

"It's a powerful ad," said Bob Adams, executive director of the League of American Voters, a national nonprofit group with 15,000 members who advocate individual liberty and government accountability. "It tells the truth and it really highlights one of the biggest vulnerabilities and problems with this proposed legislati
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posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 03:59 PM
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I find this frightening.

The whole purpose of freedom of speech is for people with political viewpoints that may be unpopular to still be able to make those political statements.

If major networks won't run a political add, especially if it has been fact checked and found correct, is just plain wrong.

I think that the FCC should take away their license.

www.foxnews.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:03 PM
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Personally, I think the group should save its money and run it on youtube and sorts. Sooner or later the video will hit forums like this where many people will see it anyway.

Most people tune out or switch channels when commercials come on tv. At least i know I do.

In a way, ABC/NBC refusal has just made the ad more noticeable. Now many people will want to see it just to see what the fuss is all about.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:05 PM
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I understand that this is an issue that many people feel strongly about.

Utube is a great way to reach certain parts of society.

Some people in my family don't have computers but they do watch TV. To reach them the TV is a must.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:09 PM
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Freedom of the press only belongs to those that own them.

At least I don't have to boycott either network since I don't watch their rubbish.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:11 PM
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I don't know about ABC but NBC will not do anything that hurts the sale of Obama trinkets in their gift shop.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:11 PM
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Newsflash:

ABC and NBC won't air Ad critical of official account of Holocaust.

Same difference.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:14 PM
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This is a hot political topic of the day.

I think that viewpoints supported by facts, pro and con, should be available to the people.

TV is one vehicle to disseminate this information.

I don't think that the major networks should have the veto power for ads like this.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:19 PM
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Originally posted by buddhasystem
Newsflash:

ABC and NBC won't air Ad critical of official account of Holocaust.

Same difference.


ABC is planning a TV series based on the Holocaust.

www.cinemablend.com...

Directed by none other than Mel Gibson!



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:23 PM
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You beat me to it, Wildbob! S&F by the way.

The gloves are coming off. They aren't even pretending to be unbiased anymore. Makes me wonder what they know. This is censorship, plain and simple.

Denying the "forum for a certain line of thought" is against the first ammendment. But they don't care. Nothing that belays the ideology of the emperor will go on. I don't watch network tv anyway, but if I did, I would stop.

buddahsystem, you're wrong. If they are telling the truth, then what are they so afraid of. And to compare the holocaust deniers to people against government control, is sick.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:24 PM
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You make some god points, but I just think it all reflects poorly on abc/nbc. Majority knows it is all about politics.

But I prefer not to have the FCC jump in. Fairness doctrine?

Let the stations make their decisions and ultimately the viewers will let them know if they made the right choice or not.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:27 PM
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Originally posted by buddhasystem
Newsflash:

ABC and NBC won't air Ad critical of official account of Holocaust.

Same difference.


Yeah, not really...at all. In fact, that was an insult to everyone's intelligence on the board for having said that.

Ad critical of an event that was the genocide of many many people.

Ad critical of a big budgeted spending program by government.


I don't see the connection, at all.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:28 PM
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Its these networks RESPONSIBILITIES to run these ads.To do otherwise suggests corruption and political bias.I hope their viewers lodge strong protests against these unethical practices.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:36 PM
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Originally posted by AgentX09
Its these networks RESPONSIBILITIES to run these ads.


You can only mandate a responsibility in public media (like BBC in Britain), but that of course would be socialism (shudder, vomit).

Seriously, it's capitalism and if I own the station I will broadcast, or not, whatever I please.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:38 PM
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Originally posted by grimreaper797

Originally posted by buddhasystem
Newsflash:

ABC and NBC won't air Ad critical of official account of Holocaust.

Same difference.


Yeah, not really...at all. In fact, that was an insult to everyone's intelligence on the board for having said that.

Ad critical of an event that was the genocide of many many people.

Ad critical of a big budgeted spending program by government.


I don't see the connection, at all.


You don't?

Claims of death panels are just as absurd as Holocaust denials. I hope that helps your intelligence to continue to function smoothly.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:40 PM
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Freedom of speech includes the freedom not to speak.

They have the right to reject any ad they want - unless, that is, you want the government deciding it for them.



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:45 PM
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Excerpt from the fcc website.
"The FCC cannot suppress such expressions. According to an FCC opinion on this subject, “the public interest is best served by permitting free expression of views.” This principle ensures that the most diverse and opposing opinions will be expressed, even though some may be highly offensive. However, the Commission does have enforcement responsibilities in certain limited instances. "

FCC and free speech



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:46 PM
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Have you been living under a rock?

Heres an article from the WSJ.
online.wsj.com...

an excerpt. . . .


If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.

Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated "Your Life, Your Choices."



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:53 PM
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was this ad claim death panels? If so I stand corrected. Otherwise, shame on you. Death panels sounds pretty ridiculous, but what was this ad claiming?



posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 04:55 PM
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What's your point?

The FCC isn't suppressing anything.

Two private companies are refusing to run an ad they don't want to run.

Period, end of story.

As for the earlier comment that was made about the "fairness doctrine", the "fairness doctrine" was overwhelmingly rejected (rightly IMO) by a bipartisan majority in the Senate as soon as it came up for a vote.

See here.



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