Tom DeLay's Action Points: Tell NBC "Shame on You"

Posted: Aug 29, 2007 4:52 PM

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.

Tom Delay's Action Points
  • Contact your member of Congress by calling 1-877-222-8001

  • Tell NBC "Shame on You" by calling (212) 664-4444 or emailing them.

  • Forward these ads to your friends and family and place them on your blog.

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.

At a minimum, we as conservatives who support funding the War on Terror deserve an explanation for NBC's refusal to air our side, and the American public deserves to hear the other side of what these news organizations are reporting. In the meantime, contact your member of Congress and tell him you support full funding of the war and our military's efforts in Iraq. Then contact NBC (they don't make it easy to email them) and let them know how disgusted you are with their irresponsible decision to silence the voices of our veterans and their families.

  • Contact your member of Congress by calling 1-877-222-8001

  • Tell NBC "Shame on You" by calling (212) 664-4444 or emailing them.

  • Forward these ads to your friends and family and place them on your blog.

Following you can read the Freedom's Watch letter to NBC News.

John Kelly
Senior Vice-President of NBC News Network Sales
30 Rockefeller Plaza
12th Floor
New York, NY 10112

Dear Mr. Kelly,

We understand that MSNBC and CNBC (the "Networks") are refusing to sell advertising time to Freedom's Watch ("FW") to air a series of educational advertisements. It is our understanding that the purported basis for the denial is a Network policy denying access to groups that wish to sponsor advertising on controversial issues of public importance.

Given your recent history of airing such ads (see below), we must wonder if your denial to FW is a subjective decision because the network officials disagree with the FW ads' message? If you continue to refuse to air FW's advertisement we request an explanation of your basis in writing or station policy within two (2) days from the date above as time is of the essence.

FW has requested time on your networks to air advertisements discussing the War Against Terrorism. Your reporters and commentators discuss this issue on your programs at every hour of the day so you clearly agree this is an issue of great public importance. FW's advertisements, to be sure, present a view of this debate that rounds out your coverage. These ads feature Iraq War Veterans and their families discussing their sacrifices in personal terms and their belief that we must allow the military time to complete its mission in Iraq and seek victory. This is a side of this issue that should not be silenced by national cable networks. We believe that rather than censor these American heroes, you should let the American public hear their story.

As noted above, it's troubling that the Networks appear to be airing messages on issues on a selective basis. Our research indicates that your network has accepted and aired advertisements dealing with controversial issues of national importance in the recent past. For example, the Networks aired an advertisement entitled "Shameless Politicians" sponsored by Move America Forward regarding the war on terror in October 2004. In November 2006, the Networks aired advertisements sponsored by the American Medical Association entitled "Patient Voice" concerning the controversial issue of access to health care and coverage for the uninsured. During July 2007, the Networks aired advertisements sponsored by the Save Darfur Coalition. Your history of airing other issue advocacy advertisements makes the denial of FW advertisements troubling and raises the issue of whether your denial is based on an editorial disagreement with FW's message.

These ads are about important issues that will shape our national security policies for years to come. These ads present a point of view that your viewers are not now receiving.

Your viewers deserve to hear all sides of this issue so that they can make informed judgments about the future of their country.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this request. Please respond to me through Larry Weitzner at Jamestown Associates.

Very Truly Yours,

Bradley A. Blakeman
President and CEO