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Old 08-27-2009, 02:15 PM  
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ABC, NBC Won't Air Ad Critical of Obama's Health Care Plan

ABC, NBC Won't Air Ad Critical of Obama's Health Care Plan

The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama's health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot -- particularly in light of ABC's health care special aired in prime time last June hosted at the White House

By Joshua Rhett Miller
FOXNews.com
Thursday, August 27, 2009

The refusal by ABC and NBC to run a national ad critical of President Obama's health care reform plan is raising questions from the group behind the spot -- particularly in light of ABC's health care special aired in prime time last June and hosted at the White House.

The 33-second ad by the League of American Voters, which features a neurosurgeon who warns that a government-run health care system will lead to the rationing of procedures and medicine, began airing two weeks ago on local affiliates of ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS. On a national level, however, ABC and NBC have refused to run the spot in its present form.

"It's a powerful ad," said Bob Adams, executive director of the League of American Voters, a national nonprofit group with 15,000 members who advocate individual liberty and government accountability. "It tells the truth and it really highlights one of the biggest vulnerabilities and problems with this proposed legislation, which is it rations health care and disproportionately will decimate the quality of health care for seniors."

Adams said the advertisement is running on local network affiliates in states like Louisiana, Arkansas, Maine and Pennsylvania. But although CBS has approved the ad for national distribution and talks are ongoing with FOX, NBC has questioned some of the ad's facts while ABC has labeled it "partisan."

"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.

"It's a position that we would argue a vast majority of Americans stand behind," he said. "Obviously, it's a message that ABC and the Obama administration haven't received yet."

Dick Morris, a FOX News political analyst and the League of American Voters' chief strategist, conceptualized the advertisement and said its purpose was to "refocus" the debate on health care reform.

"I feel the whole debate on health care reform needed to be refocused on the issue of Medicare," he told FOXNews.com. "Most of the debate had been on issues of socialized medicine and cost. I felt that the impact of the legislation in cutting the Medicare program and enforcing rationing needed to be addressed."

Morris, a onetime advisor to former President Bill Clinton, said he was particularly troubled by ABC's decision not to air the spot.

"It's the ultimate act of chutzpah because ABC is the network that turned itself over completely to Obama for a daylong propaganda fest about health care reform," he said. "For them to be pious and say they will not accept advertising on health care shuts their viewers out from any possible understanding of both sides of this issue."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009...lth-care-plan/

Liberal media trying their darndest to stifle the debate. Awesome.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:22 PM   #2
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:23 PM   #3
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If networks can air a half-hour block of Obama advertising then they can air this.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:24 PM   #4
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That's amazingly blatant.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:25 PM   #5
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I don't see ABC running anti- or pro-abortion ads.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:27 PM   #6
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If networks can air a half-hour block of Obama advertising then they can air this.
I'd argue that a town forum by Obama could be followed by a rebuttle forum by McCain or similar.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:27 PM   #7
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CNN refuses to run ad critical of insurance industry

CNN Refusing To Run Health Care Ad Critical Of Insurance Industry

8-5-2009

What on earth is going on at CNN?


The network — already taking criticism for declining to run an ad criticizing Lou Dobbs — is now refusing to run an ad nationally criticizing the insurance industry, the group that tried to place the ad tells me.

CNN’s reason: The ad “unnecessarily” singles out a top insurance industry executive by name for criticism.

The labor-backed Americans United for Change, a top White House ally in the health care wars, tried to book time on CNN and MSNBC for the ad, which hits the insurance industry for wanting to preserve the status quo and levels harsh criticism at insurance giant Cigna’s CEO, Ed Hanway.

“Why do insurance companies and Republicans want to kill health insurance reform? Because they like things the way they are now,” the ad says, and then slams Hanway’s annual salary of over $12 million and golden parachute retirement package of over $70 million.

Americans United for Change’s spokesman, Jeremy Funk, tells me that CNN refused to run the ad nationally. He says CNN emailed the following reason for rejection:
“This ad does not comply with our clearance guidelines because it unnecessarily singles out an individual company and person.”
That very well may be CNN’s policy. But AUC maintains that the mention of Cigna’s CEO was necessary to dramatize the enormous stake the insurance industry has in the health care wars. What’s more, AUC argues, the industry is made up of companies that are run by individuals deciding how to spend huge money to impact the health care debate — so why are they off limits?

“The bottom line question is: Would CNN run ads from Cigna that are positive about the company?” Funk asks. “If yes, why would they turn down an ad critical of the company for their role in trying to kill health insurance reform?”

By contrast, the ad will air nationally on MSNBC tomorrow.

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Old 08-27-2009, 02:27 PM   #8
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I don't see ABC running anti- or pro-abortion ads.
So they aren't running either side of that debate. Whats your point?
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:32 PM   #9
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"...without any new doctors..."

That's the key right there. They are lying to scare seniors.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/159625.php
... the America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200).

...

The bill would ramp up programs to train more doctors, nurses and other health professionals to improve quality of care for all patients and refocus efforts on improving prevention and wellness efforts.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:33 PM   #10
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"...without any new doctors..."

That's the key right there. They are lying to scare seniors.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/159625.php
... the America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200).

...

The bill would ramp up programs to train more doctors, nurses and other health professionals to improve quality of care for all patients and refocus efforts on improving prevention and wellness efforts.
So, does this ramping up begin before people are covered and begin seeing doctors or after? If after, they aren't lying.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:34 PM   #11
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So they aren't running either side of that debate. Whats your point?
Networks decline to run ads on both sides of these sorts of issues.
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So, does this ramping up begin before people are covered and begin seeing doctors or after? If after, they aren't lying.
The advertisers have no idea because there isn't a bill.
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The advertisers have no idea because there isn't a bill.
Huh?

"America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200).

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The bill would ramp up programs..."

Are they not referencing HR 3200?
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Networks decline to run ads on both sides of these sorts of issues.
But they are choosing to run the chosen ones side and not the other. So you only get one side of the argument. I suppose that Fair and Balanced?
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