Date registered: Sep 2004
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US Media Owned by GOP?
While perusing the news and various blogs on the web, I noticed the following AP article, which illustrates a bit of a disturbing trend in the way TV time is being apportioned. Used to be if you paid the fees you could get your spot on the air. Apparently not anymore:
"Station wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t air anti-war ad before Bush visit
Spot featuring war mom Sheehan deemed Ã¢â‚¬ËœinappropriateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ by Utah affiliate
Updated: 11:09 p.m. ET Aug. 20, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah television station is refusing to air an anti-war ad featuring Cindy Sheehan, whose sonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death in Iraq prompted a vigil outside President BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Texas ranch.
The ad began airing on other area stations Saturday, two days before Bush was scheduled to speak in Salt Lake City to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
However, a national sales representative for KTVX, a local ABC affiliate, rejected the ad in an e-mail to media buyers, writing that it was an Ã¢â‚¬Å“inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City.Ã¢â‚¬?
In the ad, Sheehan pleads with Bush for a meeting and accuses him of lying to the American people about IraqÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s development of weapons of mass destruction and its connection to al-Qaida.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I love my country. But how many more of our loved ones need to die in this senseless war?Ã¢â‚¬? a weary-looking Sheehan asks in the ad. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I know you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bring Casey back. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time to admit mistakes and bring our troops home now.Ã¢â‚¬?
Salt Lake City affiliates of NBC, CBS and Fox began running the ad Saturday.
The ads were bought for Gold Star Families for Peace by Washington, D.C.-based Fenton Communications, which provided a copy of the e-mail from station sales representative Jemina Keller.
Station says spot may be Ã¢â‚¬ËœoffensiveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
In a statement Saturday evening explaining its decision, KTVX said that after viewing the ad, local managers found the content Ã¢â‚¬Å“could very well be offensive to our community in Utah, which has contributed more than its fair share of fighting soldiers and suffered significant loss of life in the this Iraq war.Ã¢â‚¬?
Station General Manager David DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Antuono said the decision was not influenced by the stationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s owner, Clear Channel Communications Inc.
Celeste Zappala, who with Sheehan co-founded Gold Star Families for Peace, said she was puzzled by the decision.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“What stunned me was that it was inappropriate to hear this message,Ã¢â‚¬? she said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“How is it that Salt Lake City should hear no questions about the war?Ã¢â‚¬?
The e-mail read: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The viewpoints reflected in the spot are incompatible with our marketplace and will not be well received by our viewers.Ã¢â‚¬? It added that the spot didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t qualify as an issue advertisement.
For the ad to have been considered an Ã¢â‚¬Å“issueÃ¢â‚¬? advertisement a ballot measure would have had to be at stake, DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Antuono said.
Mark Wiest, vice president of sales for NBC-affiliated KSL television, said that in the interest of freedom of speech, his station didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hesitate to run the ad. KSL is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The bigger picture is, by suppressing the message are we doing what is right under the First Amendment and in an open democratic society?Ã¢â‚¬? Wiest said.
Bush received nearly 70 percent of the vote last fall in Utah, one of the most conservative states north of the Bible Belt."
I still hear Rush and O'Reilly whinning about the left owning the media. The neoconservative plan is working. Jim