NBC initially said that airing the spot would violate the network’s prohibition on controversial issue ads. Wurtzel, in an interview Friday with The Associated Press, said NBC found nothing wrong with the ad’s content, but rather objected to the link to http://www.FreedomsWatch.org, viewing the Web site as too political.
“I think they had an agenda,” Blakeman said. “They didn’t like our Web site and didn’t like what we stood for.”
The group’s home page is critical of liberals and has a link to a page urging lawmakers not to “cut and run” from the war in Iraq. The home page also links to another Freedom’s Watch page dedicated to ways to assist the troops and provides links to organizations that send care packages to soldiers.
News of NBC’s initial rejection caused an angry reaction on the Internet. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, appearing on the Fox News Channel on Friday, called for a boycott of NBC.
Freedom’s Watch, a group backed by wealthy Republican fundraisers, has emerged as one of the best-financed conservative groups. It seeks to be a vocal advocate of President Bush’s current policy in Iraq. (emphasis mine)
This group is all about being pro Bush policy, not pro military. They’re hiding that agenda behind the troops. What kind of special help is this organization offering that The Army Emergency Relief, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the Air Force Aid Society, the USO and individual families and friends not offering. This is the first full paragraph on their front page,
Welcome to Freedom’s Watch
For too long, conservatives have lacked a permanent political presence to do battle with the radical special interest groups and their left-wing allies in government. Freedom’s Watch was formed to be the conservative voice fighting for mainstream conservative principles – today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. We engage in grassroots lobbying, education and information campaigns, and issue advocacy to further our goals and objectives. We create coalitions and collaborate with like-minded groups and individuals to further our common goals. Freedom’s Watch provides bold conservative solutions to pressing domestic and international issues to keep America strong, safe, and prosperous. Your support is urgently needed. Please join us today in helping to build a better America.
This is a political group using the military to advance an a far Right ideology and NBC has walked into the trap. Note the attempt to portray themselves as poor victims. They ran Congress for ten years, have a president that has made the biggest grab for imperial presidential power in our nation’s history, have a majority of their ideologues on the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit Courts, have their own network (Fox), have a huge presence in publishing including the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The New York Post and plenty of apologists at Time magazine and they’re whining about not being heard. On FW’s page to support the troops you’ll find E.D. Hill of Fox who has sit in with Bill O’Reilly. No sir there’s no way they’re politicizing their actions. Anyone that wants to do something for the troops, cut through the political middlemen who are in it for the propaganda value and give to the traditional organizations that are listed above.
FW also thinks that if you’re pro labor, you know the people that build America and make wealth possible, then you’re pro evil left wing agenda –
Where was FW when a pro Constitution group wanted to run an ad on Fox, O’Reilly: Fox News Turned Down Pro-Constitution Ad Because It Was ‘Anti-American’
The Center for Constitutional Rights recently produced an ad called “Rescue the Constitution” that criticizes the Bush administration for “destroying the Constitution” through the use of tactics like renditions and torture. Fox News refused to air the ad, claiming that it needed “documentation” that the Constitution “is indeed being destroyed.”
In the ad, actor Danny Glover states, “Trials. Renditions. Torture. The Bush administration is destroying the Constitution. They can be stopped. Rescue the Constitution.”
Yesterday, while discussing NBC’s recent refusal to run an ad from the White House front group Freedom’s Watch, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly explained why Fox News turns down ads:
Yeah, but I understand why. Fox News turns down blatantly anti-American ads. We just turned one down recently. I understand that.
Using the troops to get publicity for your radical right-wing group is OK, but standing up for the Constitution and American values is not. Conservatives seem to live in an upside down world where they see all the values and principles which make us an enlightened democracy as wrong.