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August 28, 2009

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

Today, the health of millions of Americans is threatened by a planned government takeover of our health care system. This takeover will ration health care, limit important medicines and surgeries for seniors and end Medicare as we know it. It will add 50 million new patients — including up to 13 million illegal aliens — to an system that already doesnt have enough doctors.

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

FOX News

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.

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."

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 "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."

Wild Thing's comment.......

LOL another reason why everyone watched FOX. And the good thing is too, that more people will take notice now with the story of suppression getting out than would have been affected by a couple 30 second airings of an ad on a dying network.

Posted by Wild Thing at August 28, 2009 06:47 AM


The 1st Amendment is about free speech, the people, When ABC hosts a program by the White House in order to favor the program of the occupant, that certainly is not a free press. The national press was to be the watch dog for the people not a tool of the government for propaganda, which it now is.

The arrogance of Congress is bad enough, now add to that the arrogance of the press. The press wants to be part of that ruling class. Then what you have is the government and the media as an extention of that government. It has been that way for over 40 years. When we take back our country the media will be scrapped and start over there too.

Posted by: Mark at August 28, 2009 07:37 AM

Corruption reigns supreme at NBC and ABC. The air only what they "think" Americans want to see. (and I'm not talking about the prime time regular shows). If you show one for the plan, you have to show the other side, too. Fair is fair. And if you don't, well, don't be too upset when the opposition gets a tad bit upset with you and boycotts your stations.

Posted by: Lynn at August 28, 2009 08:13 AM

Wait a minute, didn't they air an hour or two long prime time special featuring The Fraud on Health Care? Talk about truthbending. They must all be wrongside out and backasswards by now.

Posted by: Eden at August 28, 2009 09:47 AM

Another thing, it should raise a huge RED Flag, when any democrat is concerned about saving money. When has any democrat EVER been concerned about saving money. They can't spend it fast enough.

Posted by: Mark at August 28, 2009 01:11 PM

I do not watch the primary networks news shows. I have in effect boycotted them for about a dozen years. Once in a while someone will tell me to watch in order to look for something in particular. Otherwise, I don't watch.

It seems, from surveys, that lots of Americans have quit watching network news. It is dying. A rational person would think that the news would change their partisanship in order to build viewership, but ABC's recent gift of airtime to obama and his health care promo shows that networks will continue their liberal path.

Posted by: TomR at August 28, 2009 01:23 PM

GE and the Joseph Goebbels networks. Is it 2009 or 1939?

Posted by: Jack at August 28, 2009 03:25 PM

ABC: Atheists Bolsheviks Caliphate
CBS: Communist Bureaucrat Socialists
NBC: Nationalists Broadcasting Communism

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 28, 2009 06:43 PM

Thank you everyone for your input about

Good one Darth.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 29, 2009 12:14 AM