Skip to comments.Pro-Life Super Bowl Ad Sacked
Posted on 01/29/2009 10:03:18 AM PST by NYer
NBC has refused to air CatholicVote.orgs new pro-life ad during its broadcast of this Sundays Super Bowl game.
According to a Jan. 29 press release from CatholicVote.org, After several days of negotiations, an NBC representative in Chicago told CatholicVote.org late yesterday that NBC and the NFL are not interested in advertisements involving political candidates or issues.
Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, said in the press release, There is nothing objectionable in this positive, life-affirming advertisement. We show a beautiful ultrasound, something NBCs parent company GE has done for years. We congratulate Barack Obama on becoming the first African-American President. And we simply ask people to imagine the potential of each human life.
The 30-second ad has no graphic content nor even any direct references to abortion.
It features an ultrasound image of a baby in the womb and images of Barack Obama, along with a narration describing how the presidents mother chose to give birth to him and nurtured him as a single mother after his Kenyan-born father left the family, allowing Obama to grow up to become the nations first African-American president.
The pro-life ad can be viewed here at CatholicVote.orgs website, as well as here and here at the Daily Blogs earlier posts regarding the ad. It was released Jan. 19 by CatholicVote.org, timed to coincide with Obamas inauguration the next day. It immediately became one of YouTubes most watched videos after it was posted on the Internet.
The ad was broadcast on the Black Entertainment Television in Chicago during its Jan. 21 coverage of the presidential inauguration.
In a Jan. 27 interview, Burch told the Daily Blog that NBC officials had just told him that their legal department had decided the pro-life ad was suitable for airing during Sundays Super Bowl broadcast after watching the CatholicVote.org video.
Burch, who is also president of the Fidelis Center for Law and Policy, told the Daily Blog that a NBC official said to him about the ad, Im neither pro-life nor pro-choice, but this is the best pro-life ad Ive ever seen.
The Daily Blog has contacted NBC for comment about the corporation’s subsequent decision to refuse to air CatholicVote.orgs pro-life ad and is awaiting a reply.
Burch said in the Jan. 29 CatholicVote.org press release that a double standard appears to have been applied against the pro-life ad. Burch noted that an animal-rights ad submitted by PETA for airing on this years Super Bowl broadcast was rejected for excessive sexual content, not for its advocacy of a political issue.
Said Burch, NBC claims it doesnt allow advocacy ads, but thats 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.
Added Burch, The purpose of our new ad is to spread a message of hope about the potential of every human life, including the life of Barack Obama.
It’s a good ad and it would be a shame to not have it shown during a family-friendly event.
What do politics have to do with the life of an unborn child?
Remember this statement. Make sure that there are NO OBAMA praise ads or moments in the ads or half time show.
The corporate world has ushered in all sorts of OBAMA marketing strategies (Pepsico among them).
We will be watching for any lying liars at NBC and the NFL.
This is a disappointment at best.
It's not the family-friendly event it once was.
NBC claims it doesnt allow advocacy ads, but thats not true....”
Last year Obama ran ads!!!
“While Senator Barack Obama watches the Super Bowl tonight at home in Chicago, television viewers in 24 states will be able to watch him.
Bruce Springsteen is playing halftime, and he’s a walking political ad.
There’s a football game this weekend?
That is one of the best commercials I have ever seen.
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I recall moveon.orgy had a superbowl ad that wasn't really over the top, but was rejected a few years back. They knew it would be rejected, but got a lot of coverage claiming censorship. But this has always been the case for advocay ads, right or left.
How does NBC feel about playing second fiddle to Al-Arabia?
And what of the “It isn’t easy being GREEN” Kermit the Frog ad for some new eco car?
The last football game... ever?
When it comes to the content of ads I really couldn't care one way or another . . . since I haven't watched a Super Bowl in years. In fact, the whole event is a media-driven farce wrapped around 11 to 13 minutes of action on a football field during the course of a 5-hour extravaganza.
As opposed to those little 'blue pills'.
Can’t they do a better job of getting their message out if they don’t blow $2.6 million on a single Super Bowl ad? I wasn’t aware they were that flush with funds.
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