Surprise: ABC, NBC won’t air anti-ObamaCare ad
posted at 6:05 pm on August 27, 2009 by Allahpundit
Actually, there is a surprise. For once, it’s not NBC that’s the guiltiest party here.
“The ABC Television Network has a long-standing policy that we do not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial public issue,” spokeswoman Susan Sewell said in a written statement. “Just to be clear, this is a policy for the entire network, not just ABC News.”
NBC, meanwhile, said it has not turned down the ad and will reconsider it with some revisions.
“We have not rejected the ad,” spokeswoman Liz Fischer told FOXNews.com. “We have communicated with the media agency about some factual claims that require additional substantiation. As always, we are happy to reconsider the ad once these issues are addressed.”
Adams objects to ABC’s assertion that his group’s position is partisan.
I’m curious to know which facts NBC thinks are in dispute. Cuts to Medicare, which even some Democrats are now hinting at? Rationing in Britain, on the heels of yesterday’s report about pregnant women being turned away from maternity wards? A crisis in Canadian health care, whose own administrators are calling for massive reforms even while they’re busy shipping patients across the border to the United States for treatment?
At least they’re willing to consider the ad. What’s ABC’s excuse for torpedoing this after giving Obama an hour-long primetime infomercial at which no Republican pols were permitted to appear? The “partisan” excuse is idiotic: The ad’s not being sponsored by a party; concerns about many aspects of ObamaCare (although perhaps not cost) cut across party lines to a significant degree; and if things go according to plan in Massachusetts, the Dems will soon once again have a filibuster-proof majority, leaving the opposition party essentially locked out of the debate. How deeply invested are they in this travesty passing that they won’t even take money from people seeking to balance their “news” commercials for The One with a paid ad?
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