Last weekend NBC reversed their original refusal and decided to air an ad thanking the troops during the holiday season. The ad, paid for by FreedomsWatch.org, was — at first– deemed too political by NBC executives.
Liberal media sources have pegged the ad as a “pro- war spot” in headlines. The ad is a short collection of Americans saying “thank you” to the men and women serving our country and away from their families this holiday season. Freedom’s Watch President Brad Blakeman said “Anybody in the world who would look at this ad would come away with nothing other than we should be thankful for their service.” The ads (view here and here) had already been approved by other media outlets and began airing December 6.
Initially NBC said “the ‘www.freedomswatch.org’ website will have to be redacted from the commercials for approval,” stating that the request came from NBC’s president of research, Alan Wurtzel and NBC general counsel, Rick Cotton. Wurtzel told AP in an interview on Friday that the use of the organization’s name in the ad was too political.
According to emails exchanged between NBC and Freedom’sWatch, NBC also said “it would violate our policy against controversial issues ads.”
Newsbusters reported Saturday that, “such didn’t seem to be a problem a few years ago when MoveOn.org created an antiwar ad entitled “How Many More” that according to the organization’s website ran during NBC’s “Today” show.
Newsbusters Noel Sheppard writes that the MoveOn ad in question did not show the URL for MoveOn.org but created a clever loophole as the organization name is its URL.
Newt Ginghrich said on FOX last Friday that NBC was showing their true colors.
“This is a network remember that not only has Chris Matthews paid every night to attack war and attack the president, not only has Keith Olbermann paid every night to attack the war and attack the president, this is a network which gave 35 hours to Al Gore for global warming propaganda. Gave it to him — didn’t sell it to him — gave it to him. For them to suddenly decide that thanking our troops is too controversial, I think is one of the most outrageously offensive things any network has done in modern times.”
Also prior to NBC’s reversal, Majority Accountability Project’s Michael Brady revealed that FEC records show “Cotton has been a generous donor to Democrat campaigns and liberal causes. Earlier this year, he donated $1,000 to the political action committee of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and last year gave the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee $7,000. Over the past decade, Cotton has contributed at least $45,000 to Congressional Democrats, including $2,000 each to Clinton and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.”
FEC records do show that Cotton has given about 8,000 to GOP candidates. You do the math.
“There was an incredible public backlash on Friday,” Matt David of FreedomsWatch told HUMAN EVENTS, “literally hundreds of thousands of people visited YouTube and our website to watch the video’s and signed our petition… people were outraged.”
“NBC called us Saturday afternoon and said they had changed their mind.” In an official e-mail, NBC told FreedomsWatch:
“We have reviewed and changed our ad standards guidelines and made the decision that our policy will apply to content only and not to a referenced website. Based on these amended standards, the Freedom’s Watch ad will begin to run as early as Sunday.”
“We were shocked but our official take on it is that we are glad that they ultimately made the right decision. We felt like thanking the troops was not a political statement but a patriotic statement,” said David.
Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center told HUMAN EVENTS, “NBC spared themselves even greater embarrassment by finally relinquishing to fairness and running the Freedom’s Watch advertisement thanking our troops. To have continued their blackout would have been the epitome of political censorship.”
The first spot ran this Sunday morning during NBC’s “Meet the Press” and more spots will run on MSNBC and CNBC.
So a MoveOn.org ad saying the troops killed in Iraq died in vain isn’t too political but thanking those who serve and survive is? Would NBC have aired an ad thanking the troops by CodePink or MoveOn.org? We’ll never know, because thanking the troops is something those organizations would never do.
Whether it’s “Thank you” or “Merry Christmas,” trust media liberals and their pals to be the Grinches who steal Christmas and have only contempt for those who serve their country.