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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 won’t air anti-war ad before Bush visit
Spot featuring war mom Sheehan deemed ‘inappropriate’ 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 son’s death in Iraq prompted a vigil outside President Bush’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 “inappropriate commercial advertisement for Salt Lake City.�

In the ad, Sheehan pleads with Bush for a meeting and accuses him of lying to the American people about Iraq’s development of weapons of mass destruction and its connection to al-Qaida.

“I love my country. But how many more of our loved ones need to die in this senseless war?� a weary-looking Sheehan asks in the ad. “I know you can’t bring Casey back. But it’s time to admit mistakes and bring our troops home now.�

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 ‘offensive’
In a statement Saturday evening explaining its decision, KTVX said that after viewing the ad, local managers found the content “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.�

Station General Manager David D’Antuono said the decision was not influenced by the station’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.

“What stunned me was that it was inappropriate to hear this message,� she said. “How is it that Salt Lake City should hear no questions about the war?�

The e-mail read: “The viewpoints reflected in the spot are incompatible with our marketplace and will not be well received by our viewers.� It added that the spot didn’t qualify as an issue advertisement.

For the ad to have been considered an “issue� advertisement a ballot measure would have had to be at stake, D’Antuono said.

Mark Wiest, vice president of sales for NBC-affiliated KSL television, said that in the interest of freedom of speech, his station didn’t hesitate to run the ad. KSL is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“The bigger picture is, by suppressing the message are we doing what is right under the First Amendment and in an open democratic society?� 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

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Is it reasonable to extrapolate the events in Salt Lake City to events in the USA in general? If so, then your thesis is supported.

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I read this last night. Not suprising considering they would not air a Jay Leno show one night because it contained the word "penis" in his act.

On the other hand mayor Rocky Anderson is also asking for a huge demonstration when W comes to town. Also they state is very unhappy with the no child left behind bill, enough so to opt out of it.
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Hey, all you had to do was watch a little Fox News this weekend. The channel that used to emblazon "The War On Terror" and issued a "Fox News Alert" on Iraq every time Bush farted barely mentions it now. It's corterie of fascists never mention the price of gas, or the fact the polls show the country hates Bush and Cheney. They will however, give you all the details of the latest titallating sex-murder. All day. Every day.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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