Like so many good leftists, I am constantly besieged with e-mails from MoveOn.org. They urge me to sign petitions, to give money, and to pass the e-mails on to my friends. I usually sign, I very occasionally give a little money, but I almost never forward the e-mails. (Maybe the people in my e-mail circle would disagree.) I don’t like bugging people all the time; I figure if they want to hear from MoveOn, they’ll sign up themselves.
But this one I’m going to make a stink about. As you may have heard, MoveOn had a big contest where they invited people to make anti-Bush ads, with the winner to be aired on national TV. They had the contest, they picked the ad–a pretty good one–and they went to CBS to buy airtime during the Super Bowl. But CBS refused to air the ad.
There will be beer ads during the Super Bowl, and ads by tobacco companies, and a government-funded anti-drug ad. But the MoveOn ad (along with an ad PETA wanted to run) is “too controversial” to air.
Well, who the hell cares if it’s controversial? I think it’s controversial, or should be, to assert that there’s a link between someone smoking weed and a little girl drowning. I often take issue with ads that assert that medication or electronics will solve all your problems. No one’s shooting down those ads. MoveOn has a product to sell–Defeat Bush–and it’s got the funds to advertise it, but CBS isn’t going for it. Everyone knows that there’s no opportunity for free speech in the mainstream media. But now the American people can’t even get the commercially-available kind.
It’s outrageous. And plus I paid ten bucks for that ad to be aired.
Anyway, the ad is definitely worth watching. You’ll find it here. Once you’ve watched it, sign the petition to complain to CBS. And hey, sign up for MoveOn’s e-mails while you’re there.