October 27, 2006

An odd distinction

Whatever happened to the old media axiom that part of its mission was "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable?"

NBC has refused to air an advertisement for the new documentary about the Dixie Chicks' travails after Natalie Maines' remark about her shame that President Bush was from Texas.

According to the Weinstein Co., NBC's commercial clearance department said in writing that it "cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush."

Um, so? Has your network refused ads disparaging other political candidates (see the Corker ads implying interracial hanky-panky by Harold Ford in Tennessee and many others)?

Posted by Linkmeister at October 27, 2006 12:26 PM | TrackBack

What about all the disparaging shit that flies out his gobsmacker? They don't hold back on any of that and I find it far more offensive.

Posted by: Karan at October 27, 2006 02:50 PM

Exactly. NBC airs disparaging and false ads about political candidates all the time. The Swift Boat ads, the Harold Ford Jr. ads, and many more are far worse than a documentary about censorship and freedom of speech.

Posted by: PoliticalCritic at October 28, 2006 09:34 AM

I am positive that they never aired a negative thing about Clinton, either.

Posted by: Kate at October 30, 2006 04:30 PM