Public Theology About   Organize   Theology   Church   Philosophy   Ethics   Politics   Planning   Society   Economy   Creation   Peace   Preach   Media   TheoEd   Contact  Home  Subscribe   Get Our Newsletter
Contact Us

Act Now Against CBS Refusal to Air MoveOn Superbowl Ad
How to express yourself about CBS censorship of MoveOn Ad

We have received the following email from the MoveOn folks who have put together an ad for the superbowl which CBS is refusing to air. Here's something you can do to protest the decision of CBS.

------------------

Over the last four days, something incredible has happened. CBS has received over 340,000 emails and phone calls asking it to stop its censorship. Clearly a huge number of us believe that CBS's refusal to run our Voter Fund ad, while allowing the Bush White House to run an advocacy ad of its own, is just plain wrong.

Columnists and editorial pages are writing about it. And on Monday, FCC commissioner Michael Copps issued a statement on it. These folks understand that this issue isn't just about our Voter Fund's ad -- an ad by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was censored as well. At heart, it's about free speech. Huge companies like CBS that control access to the publicly owned airwaves have to air opposing points of view.

CBS still refuses to run "Child's Pay." But together, we can increase the pressure on CBS. And through the power of the Internet, we can make sure that millions of people see the ad and learn about the controversy. As a first step, forward this email or the original message attached below to your friends. Ask them to check out the ad at: http://www.moveon.org/cbs/ad/

You can also point them directly to the CBS petition at

http://www.moveon.org/cbs/?id=2285-1602732-d_J1b1J2vzsX33eDo4dIvQ

They can also send an email to CBS and join the campaign at that address. If you haven't joined the campaign yet, you can sign the petition there as well.

Next, consider taking a moment to call CBS and let them know why you believe their refusal to run ads like this one is wrong. If you call, please be calm and polite -- it's not the folks who answer the phones' fault that CBS made this decision. You can reach them at:

Viacom, Inc. (CBS' Corporate Owner) (212) 258-6000

(We're spreading out the calls across a number of relevant CBS numbers, so hopefully you won't get a busy signal.)

After you've called, help us track the number of calls that are pouring in by going to:

http://www.moveon.org/cbscalls.html?id=2285-1602732-d_J1b1J2vzsX33eDo4dIvQ

----------------------------


Please Comment - See More Articles in this Section - Submitted By: 5520

Date Added: 1/27/2004 Date Revised: 1/27/2004 11:22:19 AM

  Sponsored by the
Center for
Public Theology
.
About   Organize   Theology   Church   Philosophy   Ethics   Politics   Planning   Society   Economy   Creation   Peace   Preach   Media   TheoEd   Contact  Home  Subscribe