CBS Reinforces Censorship of Programming Deemed Unfavorable to Republicans
From the network that cancelled The Smothers Brothers [we're aging ourselves here, aren't we] and refused to air The Reagans, we get this:
The network, over the years, has rejected dozens of advertising proposals by advocacy groups, who argue that the network only airs controversial messages that it agrees with.I'd say ban CBS, but it's programming is so pitiable you're probably not watching now. So, ban …Budweiser -hmmm. Okay, if you planned on watching, don't. If you like awful beer, buy another brand. But, let me get this straight. Anheuser-Busch can advertise because CBS advocates drinking but Moveon.org or Peta cannot because they don't advocate the dissemination of information or the ethical treatment of animals?
Liberal group Moveon.org, known for its Internet funding power, told members this week that it hoped to have the first political Super Bowl ad.
But its hopes were dashed when CBS said the spot, which asks "Guess who's going to pay off President Bush's $1 trillion deficit?" was an issue piece and could not run.
In a letter, CBS told PETA that it would not run advertisements on "controversial issues of public importance." …
CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said the policy had been in place for years. "We have a policy against accepting advocacy advertising," he added. CBS, a unit of Viacom Inc., does run political advertising for and against candidates.
CBS came under criticism in November when it decided not to run a two-part made-for-television movie, "The Reagans," after conservatives complained that it was unflattering to former president Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy.
PETA spokeswoman Lange said that CBS's broadcast of anti-smoking advertisements and even hamburger chain spots were controversial, advocacy pieces, as well.
"In essence, CBS is saying we will air an advocacy ad if we agree with the viewpoint," she said.