“Think of all the interceptions not thrown if Tim Tebow’s mom had chosen abortion instead. This message brought to you by NOW.”
— Via Jim Geraghty
I was scanning YouTube just now and was reminded of a pro-life ad featuring a photo of President Obama at the end, that Catholic Vote.org wanted to run during the SuperBowl last year. It was rejected by NBC:
NBC rejected the ad due to what they say was their stance against “political advocacy” ads. They also rejected a PETA ad that same year, but not on “political advocacy” grounds:
[CV president Brian] Burch said NBC told Fidelis that they do not allow political or issue advocacy advertisements.
“But that’s not what they told PETA,” he said about the network’s recent decision to reject an ad from the animal rights group. “There’s no doubt that PETA is an advocacy group. NBC rejected PETA’s ad for another reason altogether.”
According to an email posted on the PETA web site, Victoria Morgan, Vice President of Advertising Standards for Universal, said, “The PETA spot submitted to Advertising Standards depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards.”
Morgan also talked about edits that need to be made” in order for the PETA spot to run during the Super Bowl.
Burch responded to that rejection further by saying, “NBC claims it doesn’t allow advocacy ads, but that’s not true. They were willing to air an ad by PETA if they would simply tone down the sexual suggestiveness. Our ad is far less provocative, and hardly controversial by comparison.”
Oh, it was controversial, alright, because it (gasp) reminds women that they really do have a choice and that it doesn’t have to be to end the life of their unborn babies for convenience reasons. Not only that, but it was a highly ironic ad, considering our President’s extreme pro-abortion stance.
Hats off to CBS for having the stones to run a pro-life ad that NBC clearly did/does not. And, BTW, thanks, NOW, for screaming so loud about this “offensive” ad that many people who otherwise wouldn’t pay attention to SB ads now will. Maybe they’ll learn something, which is exactly what scares the femi-ninjas at NOW so much.