Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 2013 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI, 2011 Mazda 2, 2000 E320 4Matic Wagon (retired),1994 C280 (retired)
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Ok, here is what I don't understand. If there truly is "freedom" in a country, then why isn't NBC "free" to decide which ads it wants to air, and which ads it does not want to air.
I completely support my troops and I wear that belief on my sleeve (and on my head, and on my car as well) so that anyone who I encounter outside my work life will see my beliefs, which I am free to have and hold and broadcast on my own. But I also accept the right of other people to hold their own beliefs, whatever they are. That's part of living in a free society. But I don't wear my "support our troops" ball cap at work, because it is a political message that my employer may or may not wish to align themselves with, and they have a business to run. They get to make that decision when I'm on their dime.
NBC, or any other broadcaster or media outlet, has the right to choose what message they broadcast. If they do not have the right to make that choice, then a free press/media does not exists, which is one of the basic tenets for determining if your society is free or not.
NBC has their reasons for not wanting to align themselves with this message (which is not benign and definitely has a purpose, whether or not you agree with that purpose is up to you) and have chosen to not accept the ad. The PAC responsible for the ad has in turn capitalized upon the decision and has obtained more coverage and awareness through the turn-down than they ever could have if their ad was accepted, and at no cost to them. Their message wasn't stifled or suppressed.
Isn't freedom great?