I really do try to keep my politics out of the blog. But I was recently asked to sign a petition that I think is important regardless of your politics. Sure, I do agree with the political stance of the petitioners, but more importantly, I am distressed by the unfairness that the petition seeks to fight.
Here's the message inviting me to sign:
The broadcast networks that air the Super Bowl have historically rejected advocacy ads. Yet CBS, which is airing the Super Bowl this year, has accepted an anti-choice ad by the ultra-conservative group Focus on the Family.
Focus on the Family's "celebrate life" (read: anti-choice) ad features Heisman Trophy-winning college football star Tim Tebow. And CBS approved this anti-choice ad, even though the network has repeatedly rejected advocacy ads in past years including a 2004 MoveOn.org ad that went after then-President Bush's fiscal irresponsibility and an ad the same year from the United Church of Christ showing them welcoming a gay couple who had been turned away from another church. And they just rejected a comical ad from a gay dating site from this year's lineup of ads.
So to recap: CBS wouldn't allow a group to criticize Bush, wouldn't let a religious group promote its own tolerance of LGBT families and considers a light-hearted dating ad out of bounds. But CBS is perfectly happy to allow Focus on the Family to promote its conservative social agenda.
Join me in calling on CBS to kill the Focus on the Family ad before the Super Bowl on February 7!
If CBS wants to allow advocacy ads, they should allow them all. I find it offensive that they're now about to air an anti-choice ad not because I disagree with the premise behind the ad, but because they've refused to air an ad advocating tolerance of GLTB families or gay dating, and they've refused to air an ad objecting to fiscal responsibility. They're changing the rules mid-stream here.... and that I find offensive.
I also find it offensive that they're picking one side of a volatile issue to effectively support. Aren't they supposed to help us see a balanced view? They're not Fox, whose bias is now so well known it's practically a joke. CBS has been at least moderately fair and mostly balanced. If they want to run an anti-choice ad -- they should run a pro-choice ad in a similarly prominent time.
Of course, I think I prefer the ban on such ads altogether. But then, I hate ads in general, and would like nothing more than to see things like ads for prescription medications banned.