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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 @ 09:09 PM

Especially when you consider how ABC practically prostituted itself running pro-obamacare specials from the White House. But no, they have a policy not to run "partisan ads". You be the judge ...


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.

The 33-second ad by the League of American Voters, which features a neurosurgeon who warns that a government-run health care system will lead to the rationing of procedures and medicine, began airing two weeks ago on local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS. On a national level, however, ABC and NBC have refused to run the spot in its present form.

"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 legislation, which is it rations health care and disproportionately will decimate the quality of health care for seniors."

Adams said the advertisement is running on local network affiliates in states like Louisiana, Arkansas, Maine and Pennsylvania. But although CBS has approved the ad for national distribution and talks are ongoing with FOX, NBC has questioned some of the ad's facts while ABC has labeled it "partisan."

"The ABC Television Network has a long-standing policy that we do not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial public issue," spokeswoman Susan Sewell said in a written statement. "Just to be clear, this is a policy for the entire network, not just ABC News."

NBC, meanwhile, said it has not turned down the ad and will reconsider it with some revisions.

posted on Aug, 27 2009 @ 09:19 PM
Personally, I think they have a right to decide what ads to run. In the end they are still a business and have to make business decisions. I really believe most people realize that they are doing this for Obama. It reflects poorly on their company IMO. They should have just left it up to their viewers to decide if the ad was important or not.

ABC is already dead last in the ratings. Publicity like this could only further alienate certain viewers.

ABC averaged a 1.1 rating in that group, a score it also posted twice earlier this summer. It even trailed the Spanish-language network Univision, which scored a 1.2 rating in that group. (ABC also had just 3.5 million viewers over all — CBS had 6.2 million; NBC had 5.9 million; Fox had 5.3 million.)

posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 12:56 AM
reply to post by jam321

Well, in the past news networks considered it a "duty" to provide their viewers/listeners all sides of an issue to let them decide.

Unfortunately this is no longer true.

People that hate Fox News, here's one on your side doing the same or even worse since Fox didn't do infomercials like ABC has done for the White House when Bush was in office.

posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 01:02 AM

this topic is hot underway here

I am on ignore via OP

posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 01:33 AM
Dude, just search the forum to see if anyone else has the SAME EXACT story in here next time.

posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 12:48 PM

Originally posted by Mak Manto
Dude, just search the forum to see if anyone else has the SAME EXACT story in here next time.

Dude, check the thread timestamps.

I posted this thread first.

Let's see if you can now admit you were wrong ...

[edit on 8/28/2009 by centurion1211]

posted on Aug, 28 2009 @ 09:11 PM
reply to post by centurion1211

It seems you are right...

I am sorry.

Though, it's one of the few cases where you posted first, but the thread just up and died before it could go.

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