ABC censors ads during debates


In a questionable move, the ABC network refused to air the “Repower America” ad from We Can Solve It during the Presidential debate, displaying the powerful resistance to making the switch to renewable energy.

For some real “straight talk,” watch the message of the WE campaign’s ad:

The solution to our climate crisis seems simple.
Repower America with wind and solar.
End our dependence on foreign oil. A stronger economy.
So why are we still stuck with dirty and expensive energy?
Because big oil spends hundreds of millions of dollars to block clean energy.
Lobbyists, ads, even scandals.
All to increase their profits, while America suffers.
Breaking big oil's lock on our government ...
Now that's change.
We're the American people and we approve this message.

The reason ABC/Disney found this commercial unacceptable, according to its policies on “controversial issue” ads: “Per our Guidelines, national buildings may be used in advertising provided the depictions are incidental to the advertiser's promotion of the product or service…Given the messages and themes of this commercial, the image of the Capital building is not incidental to this advertising. Please replace the image with one that is not of another national building or monument.”

So how is Congress irrelevant to this issue? Or is ABC’s myopia possibly connected to pressure from Chevron, Exxon, and other oil and coal company advertisers? The same ad ran on CBS, CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox News, and MSNBC. Guess they’ll take everyone’s money. Remember NBC’s initial hesitancy over a Pickens’ Plan commercial?

WE’s CEO Cathy Zoi appealed to people to sign a petition to ABC. So far, more than 221,000 people voiced their support of airing the message. The goal of reaching 100,000 viewers prior to last Friday’s airing of 20/20 was accomplished handily within 24 hours, but ABC didn’t budge. If you want to tell the broadcaster to reconsider, here’s the link. Seems nearly a quarter of a million viewers aren’t compelling enough.  

And now that the price of gas is dropping, are we driving more or less? Didn’t Big Oil testify to Congress that the rate rise was due to the increase in worldwide demand?  Perhaps it’s more connected to the tanking economy and value of the buck. See what Harry Shearer, actor/writer/radio host/ voice of The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns, has to say on the topic.

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