I have a very important mission for all of you. Our good friend's at Freedom's Watch are running a $15 million ad buy calling on the American public to tell members of Congress to support full funding of the war in Iraq. These ads are extremely powerful testimonials from veterans and their family members, some of whom lost loved ones in the war.
Naturally, the mainstream media is criticizing the conservative organization for their message and their successful fundraising for this project, and I guess that's to be expected. But instead of simply reporting on the issue at hand, NBC is outright refusing to air these pro-Iraq war ads on MSNBC or CNBC.
Why is it that NBC refuses to run these ads you may ask? They say it's against their (ever evolving) policy. But take a look for yourself at the poignant stories in these ads, and then compare them with the vile comments by anti-war activists. I can only assume the executives at NBC made their decision based on similar problems with the ads.
Now on to NBC's excuse: they have a policy against running issue ads. Hmmm, if that's the case, how do you explain ads that were recently aired for the Save Darfur Coalition, or the American Medical Associations ads on providing health care for the uninsured, or the Move America Forward ads also supporting the War on Terror? Remember, these are also the same network execs who find Keith Olbermann fit for public consumption, clearly putting their political judgment into question.
Tom DeLay is the former House Majority Leader, the second ranking leader in the United States House of Representatives, and co-author of No Retreat, No Surrender: One American's Fight.